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Titolo:
The distribution and resolution of the ambiguities of technology, or why bobby can't spray
Autore:
Rappert, B;
Indirizzi:
Univ Nottingham, Sch Sociol & Social Policy, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England Univ Nottingham Nottingham England NG7 2RD , Nottingham NG7 2RD, England
Titolo Testata:
SOCIAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE
fascicolo: 4, volume: 31, anno: 2001,
pagine: 557 - 591
SICI:
0306-3127(200108)31:4<557:TDAROT>2.0.ZU;2-8
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ARTIFACTS;
Keywords:
chemical incapacitant sprays; innovation; police; science and technology studies; weapons;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Life Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Citazioni:
99
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Rappert, B Univ Nottingham, Sch Sociol & Social Policy, Univ Pk Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England Univ Nottingham Univ Pk Campus Nottingham England NG7 2RD land
Citazione:
B. Rappert, "The distribution and resolution of the ambiguities of technology, or why bobby can't spray", SOCIAL ST S, 31(4), 2001, pp. 557-591

Abstract

Much debate has taken place in science and technology studies (S&TS) regarding how to speak about the capacities of technology. Alternative approaches are bound up with questions over the merits of realist and relativist accounts of technology and their potential for analytical insight and practical engagement. This paper advances a basis for examining the link between politics and artefacts, one that draws on but reconfigures the work of post-essentialist authors. This is done by moving away from attempts to detail the social basis of technology to consider instead where the ambiguities associated with technology are resolved. These issues are examined through the case of a (re-)emerging class of devices called 'non-lethal' weapons and, in particular, the chemical incapacitant spray used by British police forces. In doing so, this paper reframes debates in technology studies over how far it is possible and desirable to pursue relativist lines of inquiry.

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