What does technology mean in the social sciences

Technology as a subject of sociology

Technology as a subject in sociology
[Working paper]

Corporate editor
Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Fac. VI Planning, Building, Environment, Institute for Sociology, Department of Technology Sociology

Abstract

According to the thesis of the author, techniques are artificially created and in one way or another fixed causal relationships that can be used to produce certain desired effects with sufficient reliability and repeatability. In his contribution he investigates the question of what will be ... more

According to the thesis of the author, techniques are artificially created and in one way or another fixed causal relationships that can be used to produce certain desired effects with sufficient reliability and repeatability. In his contribution, he examines the question of what, in view of the diversity and diversity of technology, has in common and how the technical and non-technical areas differ. He discusses in detail the following aspects of the above definition of technology: sufficiently reliable interdependencies, available repeatability, fixed "material basis" of technology, production and use, production of desired effects as well as the scope and limits of the instrumental concept of technology. The author also shows that technology is the subject of sociology in three ways: as the environment of the social, as a part of contexts of action and as a form of institutional consolidation of social processes and structures. The main focus of the sociology of technology lies in the genesis of technology, the consequences of technology and the socio-technical constellations. (ICI) ... less

Thesaurus keywords
Plot; socio-technical system; Term; Technology genesis; Instrumentalization; Effect; technical progress; Technology; Sociology of technology; Research subject; Use; social environment; Research approach; Environment; Technological consequences

classification
Sociology of science, science research, technology research, technology sociology

method
descriptive study

Free keywords
Causal relationships; Repeatability; Material base; Engineering manufacturing; Use of technology; Concept of technology; Limits; Context of action; Solidification

Language document
German

Year of publication
2008

Place of publication
Berlin

Page reference
31 pp.

Series of publications
TUTS - Working Papers, 3-2008

status
Release version; appraised

License
Digital Peer Publishing License - basic module