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Reopening the black box of technology artifacts and human agency

Kallinikos, Jannis (2002) Reopening the black box of technology artifacts and human agency. In: International Conference on Information Systems 2002, 2002-12-15 - 2002-12-18, Barcelona, Spain.

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The argument presented in this article is that the premises governing human-technology interaction partly derive from the distinctive ways by which each technology defines a domain of reference, and organizes and codifies knowledge and experience within it. While social in its origins and its implications, technology constitutes a distinct realm of human experience that is not reducible to social or institutional relations. Drawing on Goodman's (1976, 1978) cognitive philosophy the article proposes a scheme for analyzing the very architecture of items and relations underlying the constitution of cognition-based artifacts. Such an analysis is used as a basis for inferring the malleability and negotiability of technologies and the forms by which they admit human involvement and participation.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:18

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