Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs is Bijker’s most comprehensive treatment yet of of technology first presented by Bijker and Trevor Pinch in the well-known. Book Reviews: Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change, by Wiebe E. Bijker. Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, Wiebe Bijker: Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change Wiebe Bijker: Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs. Rene Aranzamendez.
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Contents The Social Construction of the Safety. This book crystallizes and extends the important work Wiebe Bijker has done in the last decade to found a full-scale theory vulbs sociotechnical change that describes where technologies come from and how societies deal with them. Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs integrates detailed case studies with theoretical generalizations and political analyses to offer a fully rounded treatment both of the relations between bifycles and society and of the issues involved in sociotechnical change.
The stories of the the safety bicycle, the first truly synthetic plastic, and the fluorescent light bulb–each a fascinating case study in itself–reflect a cross section of time periods, engineering and scientific disciplines, and economic, social, and political cultures.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change. Boczkowski Limited preview – I always want to get at the meat of the book without learning a lot of jargon to describe concepts that The bicycle story explores such issues as the role of changing gender relationships in shaping a technology; the Bakelite story examines the ways in which social factors intrude even in cases of seemingly pure chemistry and entrepreneurship; and the fluorescent bulb story offers insights into the ways in which political and economic relationships can affect the form of a technology.
The Social Construction of the Safety. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Bijker’s method is to use these case studies to suggest theoretical concepts that serve as building blocks in a more and more inclusive bicyclfs, which is then tested against further case studies.
Account Options Sign in. His main concern is bijkr create a basis for science, technology, and social change that uncovers the social roots of technology, making it amenable to democratic politics. I think I’m probably not alone in disliking academic books with a lot of sociological theory: Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs integrates detailed case studies with theoretical Innovation in Online Newspapers Pablo J.