Who produces social technologies?

by 23 October 2009

The relevance to the social sciences also lies in the fact that, as Bas and Paul note, the social sciences have been losing their near-monopoly on defining, analysing, producing and manipulating social relations. Social technology has been democratized. In our chapter we give the example of social software. Katja’s social network analysis is another example, […]

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What is the analytical gain?

by 23 October 2009

In a field already replete with jargon, neologisms and other attempts at conceptual innovation, one has to have a good reason to introduce yet another new concept. Bas and Paul’s question – what is the analytical gain of ‘social technology’ in comparison with existing concepts – is to the point. I think the gain is […]

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Reply to Bas and Paul

by 23 October 2009

Part of the reason for organising the workshop was that we felt that the concept of ‘social technology’ pointed at several interesting and urgent issues at the intersection of STS and the social sciences (including psychology), but that it still needed to be developed and clarified. The reactions to our call for papers confirmed this: […]

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