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How to understand the relation between technology and society better?: a comparative analysis on three currently dominant perspectives on this intimate relationship in a techno-scientific society

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Weingartz, Sarah

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Corporate Editor Universität Duisburg-Essen Campus Duisburg, Fak. für Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie
Abstract "Technologies have the power to constitute and change our lives. Societies in turn build, (mis)use, keep or abandon and give meaning to technologies. How to understand the complex relationship between technology and society? This paper aims at introducing three currently dominant perspectives on the technologysociety relationship: technological determinism, "technology as neutral tool", and constructivism. By presenting some of their strengths as well as weaknesses, this paper is intended to provide an introductory understanding of different theoretical approaches to technology and society." (author's abstract)
Keywords technology; society; constructivism; determinism; social structure; social structure; dependence; object
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Document language German
Publication Year 2010
City Duisburg
Page/Pages 18 p.
Series Working Papers kultur- und techniksoziologische Studien, 07/2010
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications