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Method Matters in the Social Study of Technology: Investigating the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Hyysalo, Sampsa
dc.contributor.author Pollock, Neil
dc.contributor.author Williams, Robin
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-25T14:12:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-25T14:12:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-16
dc.identifier.citation Hyysalo , S , Pollock , N & Williams , R 2019 , ' Method Matters in the Social Study of Technology: Investigating the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices ' , Science & Technology Studies , vol. 32 , no. 3 , pp. 2-25 . https://doi.org/10.23987/sts.65532 en
dc.identifier.issn 2243-4690
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dc.identifier.other PURE ITEMURL: https://research.aalto.fi/en/publications/80e7f64a-9e19-41ce-b0f7-1f407d43acec
dc.identifier.other PURE LINK: https://sciencetechnologystudies.journal.fi/forthcoming/view/index
dc.identifier.other PURE FILEURL: https://research.aalto.fi/files/37080577/Method_Matters_in_the_Social_Study_of_Technology.pdf
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/40462
dc.description.abstract Science and Technology Studies understandings of technological change are at odds with its own dominant research designs and methodological guidelines. A key insight from social shaping of technology research, for instance, has been that new technologies are formed in multiple, particular (albeit interlinked) settings, by many di erent groups of actors over long periods of time. Nonetheless, common research designs have not kept pace with these conceptual advances, continuing instead to resort to either intensive localised ethnographic engagements or broad stroke historical studies, unable to address both the intricacy and extent of the process in tandem. There has consequently been increasing interest in extending current methodological and analytical approaches through longitudinal and multi-site research templates. We discuss this fundamentally methodological critique and its implications through one of these approaches: the ‘biographies of artifacts and practices’ (BOAP) framework, which by now o ers a twenty years body of studies to re ect upon methodological choices in di erent sociomaterial settings. This paper outlines the basic principles of BOAP and its signi cant variations, and discusses its contribution to STS understandings of innovation, especially user roles in innovation. We nish by arguing that if STS is to continue to provide insight around innovation this will require a reconceptualisation of research design, to move from simple ‘snap shot’ studies to the linking together of a string of studies. en
dc.format.extent 24
dc.format.extent 2-25
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher The Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies
dc.relation.ispartofseries Science & Technology Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 32, issue 3 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Method Matters in the Social Study of Technology: Investigating the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Design
dc.contributor.department University of Edinburgh
dc.subject.keyword method
dc.subject.keyword methodology
dc.subject.keyword research design
dc.subject.keyword sociotechnical change
dc.subject.keyword social studies of technology
dc.subject.keyword design
dc.subject.keyword use
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201909255483
dc.identifier.doi 10.23987/sts.65532
dc.date.embargo info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2020-01-17

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