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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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Living in a Material World

Trevor Pinch

Richard Swedberg

The MIT Press

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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