Information in Society
Instructor: Prof. Nancy Van House
Time: M 1-4
Location: 107 South Hall
CCN: 42775 (3 units)
This page last updated 4/12/07
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Intro to the course
Langdon Winner, Do A rtifacts Have Politics?
Paul Dourish, Where the Action Is, ch. 3: Social Computing. Available in read-only version via UCB library at http://uclibs.org/PID/17642.%20
most-remembered example never happened:
Joerges, B. (1999).
Do Politics Have Artefacts? Social Studies of Science,
This week we'll focus on understanding what SCOT is; this topic will continue into next week.
Bijker, W. E. (2004) Technology, Social Construction of. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. (requires campus IP address or proxy)
Pinch, T. J. & Bijker, W. E. (1987). The social construction of facts and artifacts: Or how the sociology of science and the sociology of technology might benefit each other. In W.E.Bijker, T. P. Hughes, & T. J. Pinch (Eds.), The social construction of technological systems : new directions in the sociology and history of technology (pp. 17-50). Cambridge: MIT Press.
Pinch, T. (1996). The social construction of technology: a review. In R.Fox (Ed.), Technological change (pp. 17-35). Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers.
Users as Agents of Technological Change: The Social Construction of
the Automobile in the Rural United States Technology and Culture,
Vol. 37, No. 4. (Oct., 1996), pp. 763-795. (requires campus IP address
Rosen, P. (1993). The social construction of mountain bikes: technology and postmodernity in the cycle industry. Social Studies of Science, 23, 479-513. (requires campus IP address or proxy)
Trevor J. Pinch; Wiebe E. Bijker. The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other ; Social Studies of Science ,Vol. 14, No. 3 (Aug., 1984), pp. 399-441(longer version of the chapter of the same name, above)
|Feb. 12||SCOT, Cont. Students will present their own SCOT analyses.|
|Feb. 19||Campus holiday|
Law, J. (1992). Notes on the theory of the actor-network: Ordering, strategy, and heterogenity. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/papers/law-notes-on-ant.pdf
Latour, Bruno (Jim Johnson). (1995). Mixing humans and nonhumans together: The sociology of door-closer. In S.L.Star (Ed.), Ecologies of knowledge: work and politics in science and technology (pp. 257-277). SUNY Press. Online in Social Problems, Vol. 35, No. 3, Special Issue: The Sociology of Science and Technology, Jun., 1988 (Other articles in this issue are also valuable)
Latour, Reassembling the Social: an Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Oxford, 2005. "Introduction." (The rest of the book is highly recommended. Table of contents. Note the idiosyncratic punctuation of the term ANT.)
|Law's Actor-Network Resources is useful but out of date -- last updated 2004.|
ANT, cont.: Classic examples of ANT in action:
Callon, M. Some elements of a sociology of translation: domestication of the scallops and the fishermen of St. Brieuc Bay. In Law J. (ed.). Power, Action, and Belief: a New Sociology of Knowledge? Routledge and Kegan Paul: London, 1986.
Law, J. (1992). On the Methods of Long-Distance Control: Vessels, Navigation, and the Portuguese Route to India. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/papers/law-methods-of-long-distance-control.pdf
|Mar 12||ANT presentations|
Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star (1999), Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences, MIT Press. Selections. Available in read-only version via UCB library at: http://cognet.mit.edu/library/books/book.tcl?isbn=0262024616
Bowker, G. C. Memory practices in the sciences. MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass, 2005. Introduction, Conclusion, and selections. Introduction is downloadable.
Useful for thinking about databases and ontologies, apart from any subject domain.
|Mar 26||Spring Break|
Suchman, L. Agencies in technology design: feminist reconfigurations. In Schiebinger L. (ed.). Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering. Stanford University Press: 2007.
Suchman, L., Trigg, R. H., and Blomberg, J. Working artefacts: ethnomethods of the prototype. British Journal of Sociology 53, 2 (2002) 163-179. Online via campus.
Suchman, L. A. Located accountabilities in technology production. Department of Sociology, Lancaster University.[link fixed 3/20]
|The relationships between designers and social scientists, and among all the participants in the process, including users. Conceptions of the design process.|
Kaptelinin, Victor, and Bonnie A. Nardi. Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design, MIT Press, Intro , chs. 1-4 (coutside my office).
Distributed Cognition Links fixed 3/12 4 pm
James Hollan, Edwin Hutchins, and David Kirsh.Distributed cognition: toward a new foundation for human-computer interaction research. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Volume 7, Issue 2 (June 2000) (ACM Dig Lib - accessible from UC IP addresses)
Kaptelinin, Victor, and Bonnie A. Nardi. Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design, MIT Press, ch. 9 (coutside my office).
Note: we'll start class at 2 pm due to an iSchool candidate talk 12:30-2.
|Apr 30||CHI San Jose|
Gender and Technology
Wajcman, J. (2004). TechnoFeminism. Cambridge: Polity.
Lohan, M. (2000). Constructive Tensions in Feminist Technology Studies. Social Studies of Science, 30, 895-916.
Gaule, N. and Haraway, D. Gane, N. (2006). When we have never been human, what is to be done?: Interview with Donna Haraway. Theory, Culture & Society 23, 7-8 (2006) 135-158.
Haraway, D. J. A cyborg manifesto: Science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century. In: Simians, Cyborgs, and Women : The Reinvention of Nature. Routledge: New York, 1991.
Haraway, D. Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. Feminist Studies 14, 3 (2003) 575-600.online via campus.
Probably best to read Gaule first. In interview Haraway references Bowker & Star, so read them first. Ditto Latour.
To get an idea of likely topics and readings, see the syllabus from the last offering, two years ago.
Likely additions/changes this year: