Do artefacts have ambivalence? Moses’ bridges, Winner’s bridges and other urban legends

Woolgar, Steve and Cooper, Geoff (2010) Do artefacts have ambivalence? Moses’ bridges, Winner’s bridges and other urban legends. In: Oswell, David, (ed.) Cultural Theory. Sage Publications. ISBN 978-1848607057

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Abstract

It is a routine teaching day. The advanced level course in science and technology studies (S&TS) is holding its fourth weekly class of the semester. The students dutifully indulge the professor in his incantation of one of the iconic case studies of the field: Langdon Winner’s well-known
analysis of Moses’ bridges. Winner claims that the bridges built by Moses on Long Island are an example of a technology which has political qualities: by this he means that the bridges were designed (consciously or unconsciously) to have a particular social effect.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Science and Technology Studies; Politics
Subject(s): Science & technology management
Centre: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2012 12:41
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/3101

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