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Do categories have politics? : the language/action perspective reconsidered.

Suchman, Lucy (1994) Do categories have politics? : the language/action perspective reconsidered. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2 (3). pp. 177-190. ISSN 0925-9724

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
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
ID Code: 27036
Deposited By: Professor Lucy Suchman
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2009 17:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27036

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