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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Technology and Social Theory

ISBN 9780230577565
Publication Date October 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Themes in Social Theory

Technology is not a new development; the novelty lies in its total domination of our social lives. This book uses social theory to make sense of the growing role of technology in our lives at home, at work or at leisure. Drawing on thelatest empirical work, it gives a clear sociological analysis of technology for all social science students.

STEVE MATTHEWMAN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an established writer and teacher in Sociology, with specific interests in science and technology, social theory, cultural studies and modernity and its discontents. His most recent publications include (with Bell) 'Cultural Studies in Aotearoa New Zealand: Identity, Space and Place (Oxford University Press, 2004) and 'Being Sociological' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Theorising Technology
Marx, Modernity and the Machine
Constructing the Modern: Human-Built World
The Politics of Artefacts
The Social Construction of Technology
The Socio-Technical Construction of Society: Actor-Network Theory
Left to Our Own Devices: Subjective Machines
Objective Life: Things and Social Theory
Conclusion: We Have Always Been Posthuman


'Matthewman's writing is clear, accessible and engaging and the text displays significant intellectual depth in providing such a rigorous, succinct and sophisticated analysis of a such wide body of literature. A useful addition to reading lists across STS, Sociology, Politics and Communications.' - David Mercer, Associate Professor, Convener of Science and Technology Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia
'A well informed and readable account of approaches to technology in sociological thought, organised in a clear and comprehensive way.' - Adrian Mackenzie, Lecturer in Sociology, Lancaster University, UK
'…this book comes as a necessary and delightful addition …[it] is a highly engaging, accessible text that is crucial for anyone writing and researching technology' – New Zealand Sociology
'Though aimed mainly at sociologists and other social scientists, this impressive book has much to offer theoretically curious historians of technology and their graduate students.' - Mark Shields, Technology and Culture
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