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Technology as a Site and Object of Politics

Sheila Jasanoff

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270439.003.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Technology as a Site and Object of Politics

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This article analyses the conception of technology as a site and object of politics. It presents four narratives that provide a rationale for a lively politics of technology and each case had given rise to its distinctive conceptual dialectic articulated through specific constellations of political actors, controversies, discourses, and forms of action. It suggests that technology as a site and object of politics displays itself clearly in four linked yet separate aspects: as risk, as design, as standard, and as ethical constraint. On each front politics has played out as a dialectic between competing propositions. The article concludes that the politics of technology is the play and the ploy through which today's citizens can assert control over potentially dangerous extensions of their ambitiously inventive selves.

Keywords: technology; politics; narratives; conceptual dialectic; political actors; inventive selves

Article.  8168 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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