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Working Artefacts: Ethnomethods of the prototype.

Suchman, L. A. and Blomberg, J. and Trigg, R. (2002) Working Artefacts: Ethnomethods of the prototype. British Journal of Sociology, 53 (2). pp. 163-179. ISSN 1468-4446

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Abstract

This paper follows recent science studies in theorizing information technologies as socio-material configurations, aligned into more and less durable forms. The study of how new technologies emerge shifts, on this view, from a focus on invention to an interest in ongoing practices of assembly, demonstration, and performance. This view is developed in relation to the case of the ‘prototype’, an exploratory technology designed to effect alignment between the multiple interests and working practices of technology research and development, and sites of technologies-in-use. In so far as it is successful, the prototype works as an exemplary artefact that is at once intelligibly familiar to the actors involved, and recognizably new.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sociology
Additional Information: first author RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 3496
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 16:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:43
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3496

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