Placing Users and Nonusers at the Heart of Technology’

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    In this chapter, we discuss recent developments in the study of users and non-users to illustrate the wide variety of ways in which people act as agents of sociotechnical change. In the first section, we suggest that a focus on the changing socio-technical landscapes in which users meet technologies is a productive way to understand how users and non-users still matter today. Subsequent sections describe conceptual approaches developed in specific topical fields at the intersections of STS, Innovation Studies, and the Sociology of the Body. We conclude by discussing recent developments in research on non-users.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScience, Technology and Society. Perspectives and Directions
    EditorsTodd Pittinsky
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages13
    EditionScience, Technology and Society. Perspectives and Directions.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781316730829
    ISBN (Print)9781316616895
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2019


    • users
    • science and technology studies


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