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Living in a Material WorldEconomic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies$
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Trevor Pinch and Richard Swedberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162524

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Living in a Material World
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Trevor Pinch

Richard Swedberg

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.003.0001

In this book, an attempt is made to reconceptualize the meeting between economy and technology with the help of Science and Technology Studies and economic sociology. Chapter 1 analyzes the role of the individual and the reality of the homo economicus, chapter 2 discusses home economics, and chapter 3 examines the performativity of the economy. Global configurations of trading and information technologies are described in chapter 4, whereas chapter 5 explains the scoping systems and development of FOREX and DMFAS, and chapter 6 analyzes patent law and the Bayh-Dole Act. Chapter 7 establishes the relationship between technology and financial markets, chapter 8 presents the tools of the trading, emphasizing quantative finance or arbitrage, and chapter 9 describes the telephone system in trading rooms. Finally, chapters 10, 11, and 12 describe electronic shopping or e-commerce, online book reviewing, and outsourcing of information technology to external vendors respectively.

Keywords:   technology, economic sociology, trading, telephone, information technology, outsourcing

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