Technology And Social Theory by Steve MatthewmanTechnology And Social Theory by Steve Matthewman

Technology And Social Theory

bySteve Matthewman

Paperback | September 2, 2011

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From the everyday and unnoticed to the newsworthy and cutting edge, technology is undoubtedly a fundamental element of our daily lives. While saving us time and effort, it can also shape our environment, mediate our relationships, and simultaneously solve problems and create new ones. In studying technology we gain an insight into how society
is constructed, maintained and transformed.

Unravelling and explaining the complex connections between technology and the social contexts in which it is used, Technology and Social Theory guides the reader through 150 years of thinking in this ever evolving field. The chapters critically evaluate a broad range of theorists, from Marx to Foucault, Orwell to Elias, alongside empirical examples which show theory in action. The significance of technology is assessed within both public spheres and intimate spaces, shedding light on its integral
role in society.

Showing how theory maps the way for further research, and in turn how new advances in research can inform theory, this book is invaluable reading for students and researchers in Sociology, Social theory, Science and Technology Studies and the Media.
STEVE MATTHEWMAN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an established writer and teacher in Sociology, with specific interests in science and technology, social theory, cultural studies and modernity and its discontents. His most recent publications include (with Bell) 'Cul...
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Title:Technology And Social TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.55 inPublished:September 2, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Higher EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230577571

ISBN - 13:9780230577572

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Theorising Technology.- Marx, Modernity and the Machine.- Constructing the Modern: Human-Built World.- The Politics of Artefacts.- The Social Construction of Technology.- The Socio-Technical Construction of Society: Actor-Network Theory.- Left to Our Own Devices: Subjective Machines.- Objective Life: Things and Social Theory.- Conclusion: We Have Always Been Posthuman.- Bibliography.- Index.

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"Matthewman's writing is clear, accessible and engaging and the text displays significant intellectual depth in providing such a rigorous, succinct and sophisticated analysis of a such wide body of literature. A useful addition to reading lists across STS, Sociology, Politics and Communications."--David Mercer, Associate Professor, Convener of Science and Technology Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia