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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Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change.
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I always want to get at the meat of the book without learning a lot of jargon to describe concepts that 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 technology and society and of the issues involved in sociotechnical change.
His main concern is to create a basis for science, technology, and social change that uncovers the social roots of technology, making it amenable to democratic politics.
Wiebe Bijker: Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs
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, gijker, and political cultures.
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.
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Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.
I think Bocycles probably not alone in disliking academic books with a lot of sociological theory: Bijker’s method is to use these case studies to suggest theoretical concepts that serve as building blocks in a more and more inclusive theory, which is then tested against further case studies. Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs integrates detailed case studies with theoretical