Actor-Network Theory vs The Theory of the Social Construction of Technology

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How does Actor-Network Theory differ from the theory of the Social Construction of Technology? What do you think are the primary strengths and weaknesses of each theory?

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Wyatt, Sally. (2007) ‘Technological Determinism Is Dead; Long Live Technological Determinism’ in Hacket, J. Amsterdamska, O. Lynch, M. & Wajcman J. The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Massachusetts: MIT Press . Available online:

http://spiral-ulg.be/cours/STS_09-10/Lectures/10-20_S%C3%A9ance%20B/WYATT%20%282008%29_Technological%20Determinism%20Is%20Dead.pdf

This provides a good overview of theories of technological determinism and their critiques

Jordan, Tim (2009) ‘Hacking and Power: Social and technologic determinism in the digital age’ First Monday,Vol 17, No 6. 6 July.

http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/2417/2240

This places technological determinism more within both an Internet, and institutional context

Potts, John (2008) ‘Who’s Afraid of Technological Determinism? Another Look at Medium Theory’ Fibreculture. Issue 12.

http://journal.fibreculture.org/issue12/issue12_potts.html

This article argues to an extent that technological determinism isn’t such a bad thing, and starts to introduce some other theories such as Actor Network Theory

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