Suchman, Lucy (1994) Do categories have politics? : the language/action perspective reconsidered. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2 (3). pp. 177-190. ISSN 0925-9724Full text not available from this repository.
Drawing on writings within the CSCW community and on recent social theory, this paper proposes that the adoption of speech act theory as a foundation for system design carries with it an agenda of discipline and control over organization members' actions. I begin with a brief review of the language/action perspective introduced by Winograd, Flores and their colleagues, focusing in particular on the categorization of speakers' intent. I then turn to some observations on the politics of categorization and, with that framework as back-ground, consider the attempt, throughthe coordinator, to implement a technological system for intention-accounting within organizations. Finally, I suggest the implications of the analysis presented in the paper for the politics of CSCW systems design.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Computer Supported Cooperative Work|
|Additional Information:||published with commentaries|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Coordination technologies - organizational communications - speech act theory - systems design|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Deposited By:||Professor Lucy Suchman|
|Deposited On:||14 Sep 2009 17:38|
|Last Modified:||24 Jun 2016 01:18|
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