Sociology 430

Vocabulary Study Guide


Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs

As you read this text, look for and note the definitions of the following key words, as used by the author.

artifact, exemplary

artifact, technological

asymmetry

boundary objects

closure

contextualist

contingency

enrollment

epistemology of technology

heterogeneity

inclusion, high and low

internalist

interpretive flexibility

linear development

linearity, false

malleability

micropolitics of power

obduracy

relevant social group

seamless web

semiotic power structure

social construction

social shaping of technology

social structure

societal processes

sociotechnical

sociotechnical change

sociotechnical ensembles

stabilization

structural constraint

symmetry, principle of

system-building

technological frame


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