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Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change

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This book crystallizes and extends the important work Wiebe Bijker has done in the last decade to found a full-scale theory of 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 ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by MIT Press (MA)
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Timothy
Jul 14, 2011 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm probably not alone in disliking academic books with a lot of sociological theory: I always want to get at the meat of the book without learning a lot of jargon to describe concepts that are usually quite simple. I usually feel that the authors are trying to artificially distinguish themselves from predecessors who have utilized essentially the same ideas, but that's my point of view as an outsider to the discipline.

Having said that, I was really impressed by the way that theory is pa
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Nate
Mar 07, 2008 Nate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yanni
fails as a history book and a science book. lot of bullshit nonsense for what essentially boils down to an argument of "things get invented for a particular purpose".
J
Feb 01, 2012 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I really just read the part about the history of the bicycle. Its research is very detailed, thorough, and well argued.
Nicolina Miller
Nov 29, 2007 Nicolina Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I learned about "retroactive distortion"
a phrase I now love to use.
Jrome
Oct 29, 2009 Jrome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very technical. It should be converted into 5 blog posts.
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