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The meshing of impersonal and personal forces in technological action.

Mackenzie, A. (2006) The meshing of impersonal and personal forces in technological action. Culture, Theory and Critique, 47 (2). pp. 197-212. ISSN 1473-5776

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Abstract

Many critical approaches ascribe a deficit of meaning to technology. The theory of technological action developed in the paper treats technology as an important, eventful terrain for collective life. Drawing on Michel Foucault's idea of problematisation, it places contemporary technological actions in settings suffused by power relations. It finds in the work of Gilbert Simondon ways of explaining how technological action overflows social norms, forms, identities and structures. Based on analysis of processes of abstraction and concretisation in a spectrum of symptomatic examples, it contends that cultural theory should develop understandings of the potentials that give rise to technological acts as a way of being with others. The paper suggests how cultural theory can engage with the specificities of these actions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Culture, Theory and Critique
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 3462
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008 16:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3462

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