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Inside Technology

Inside Technology combines the traditional strengths of the history of technology with the methodology and insights gained in the sociology of scientific knowledge, and thus provides a deeper understanding of the social processes underlying technology. A crucial aspect of the series is the absence of both disciplinary and theoretical agendas. Because of the multifaceted nature of technology, insights from a variety of disciplines are vital to understanding the content and context of technology—engineering, the natural sciences, history, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology. It does not promote any single conceptual framework over another; rather the goal is to stimulate a variety of perspectives that address the social shaping of technology.

The Co-Construction of Users and Technology
Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Edited by David Kaiser

Studies examining the ways in which the training of engineers and scientists shapes their research strategies and scientific identities.

Innovation in Online Newspapers
Computing, Risk, and Trust
On the Dynamics of Technological Change in Medicine
Classification and Its Consequences

Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet's design and use.

The Discursive Politics of Genetic Engineering in Europe and the United States
Visual Representations, Visual Culture, and Computer Graphics in Design Engineering
Essays on Technical Change
Studies in the International Standardization of Telecommunications

Susanne Schmidt and Raymund Werle present three case studies from the telecommunications industry to highlight the actors, the process, the politics, and the influence exerted by international organizations in the construction of standards.

Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America
Decision Support Techniques and Medical Practices
Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change
An Exploration of Engineering Culture, Design, and Research in Nineteenth-Century France and America

A historical look at styles of technological research and design.

Designing Engineers describes the evolution of three disparate projects: an x-ray inspection system for airports, a photoprint machine, and a residential photovoltaic energy system.

Studies in Sociotechnical Change

Building on the influential book The Social Construction of Technological Systems, this volume carries forward the project of creating a theory of technological development and implementation that is strongly grounded in both sociology and history.

Information Management and Industrial Geophysics at Schlumberger, 1920-1940

In this engaging account, Geoffrey Bowker reveals how Schlumberger devised a method of testing potential oil fields, produced a rhetoric, and secured a position that allowed it to manipulate the definition of what a technology is.

A Historical Sociology of Nuclear Missile Guidance
Social Knowledge and Intelligent Machines
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