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Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Trevor Pinch and Richard Swedberg


Although social scientists generally agree that technology plays a key role in the economy, economics and technology have yet to be brought together into a coherent framework that is both analytically interesting and empirically oriented. This book draws on the tools of science and technology studies and economic sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of economy and technology, suggesting materiality—the idea that social existence involves not only actors and social relations but also objects—as the theoretical point of convergence. The contributors take up general concerns, such as ind ... More

Keywords: materiality, individual agency, network economy, household, economic history, financial technologies, stock ticker, trading room, accounting, trading technologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262162524
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trevor Pinch, editor

Richard Swedberg, editor

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Front Matter


Trevor Pinch, and Richard Swedberg

I General Concerns: Economy, Materiality, Power

II Infrastructure

4 The Finitist Accountant

David Hatherly, David Leung, and Donald MacKenzie

III Technology and the Material Arrangements of the Market

IV Technology, Economy, Use