Why and How Technology Matters

Wiebe E. Bijker

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Why and How Technology Matters

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This article explains the importance of technology to politics. The first reason to pay attention to technology in political studies is that such a focus on the technological in society will reveal aspects of politics that remain unnoticed otherwise. The study of technologies also shape political concepts and discussions and a focus on technology helps to recognize the boundary work that fuels practical politics. This article concludes that technology should matter to political studies because it matters to politics and explains that there is no simple answer to the why and how questions about technology's influence on politics.

Keywords: technology; politics; political studies; practical politics; society

Article.  11532 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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