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Reconstructing technologies as social practice.

Suchman, Lucy and Blomberg, Jeanette and Orr, Julian and Trigg, Randall (1999) Reconstructing technologies as social practice. American Behavioral Scientist, 43 (3). pp. 392-408. ISSN 1552-3381

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of a research program developed over the past 20 years to explore relations between everyday practices and technology design and use. The studies highlighted reflect three interrelated lines of inquiry: (a) critical analyses of technical discourses and practices, (b) ethnographies of work and technologies-in-use, and (c) design interventions. Starting from the premise that technologies can be assessed only in their relations to the sites of their production and use, the authors reconstruct technologies as social practice. A central problem for the design of artifacts then becomes their relation to the environments of their intended use. Through ethnographies of the social world, the analyses focus on just how social/material specificities are assembled together to comprise our everyday experience.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: American Behavioral Scientist
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 27033
Deposited By: Professor Lucy Suchman
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2009 16:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27033

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