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Inside the Politics of Technology: Agency and Normativity in the Co-Production of Technology and Society
edited by Hans Harbers
Amsterdam University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-90-5356-756-2 | eISBN: 978-90-485-0384-1
Library of Congress Classification T14.5.I567 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.483

Though the old saying claims that man is the measure of all things, the authors of Inside the Politics of Technology argue that the distinction implied between autonomous humans and neutral instruments of technology is an illusion. On the contrary, the technologies humans create simultaneously shape humans themselves.

By means of case studies of technologies as diverse as video cameras, electric cars, pregnancy tests, and genetic screenings, this volume considers the implications of this "co-production" of technology and society for our philosophical and political ideas. Are only humans endowed with social, political, and moral agency, or does our technology share those qualities? And if so, how should we understand—or practice—a politics of technology?

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