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Between the mundane and the exotic: time for a different sociotechnical stuff

Michael, Mike. 2003. Between the mundane and the exotic: time for a different sociotechnical stuff. Time & Society, 12(1), pp. 127-143. [Article]

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This article examines the relation of technology to temporality. Exotic technologies - iconically information and communication technologies and biotechnologies - typically evoke change and the novel character of the present epoch. Yet these enter a world of mundane technologies that putatively serve merely in social reproduction. It is argued that such a stark contrast is untenable. Drawing on the work of Michel Serres, the temporality of technology is re-conceived in terms of patterns of order/disorder to which both exotic and mundane technologies contribute. The minimal parameters needed to articulate the nature of such a complexly temporalized sociotechnical stuff are outlined.

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exotic, mundane, order/disorder, technology, temporality

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]



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Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2010 15:44

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07 Jul 2017 11:12

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2480
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