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Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042482

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042482.001.0001

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A Manifesto for Software Studies

A Manifesto for Software Studies

(p.245) 11 A Manifesto for Software Studies

Rob Kitchin

Martin Dodge

The MIT Press

This chapter offers information related to software studies, which analyzes the conceptual nature and productive capacity of software and its contribution to social life. These studies address philosophical issues associated with the production and application of software, and raise questions related, for example, to what software is, how it works in the world, and why it makes a difference to everyday life. The chapter emphasizes that software studies are in a nascent state, and that more work is required in this area so that advanced analytical tools can be provided to researchers to examine the various facets of software. It also discusses issues such as ethical coding and the selection of methods and tools for conducting software studies, concluding that the nature of software and its work require serious intellectual attention from a social scientific perspective.

Keywords:   software studies, social life, ethical coding, nascent state, researchers, social scientific perspective

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