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"Lawrence Busch's book, Standards: Recipes for Reality, illustrates with vivid clarity the ubiquity and importance of these 'things' called standards. Rather than present a dry economic text or a singular discipline's focus, Dr. Busch has proposed a 'Unified Field Theory' for standards--a multidisciplinary view of standardization. For anyone interested in standardization from a policy, technical, or social perspective, this volume is absolutely essential."--Carl Cargill, Principal Scientist of Standards, Adobe Systems; author of Open Systems Standardization: A Business Approach "With enviable style and impeccable clarity, Busch shines a bright beam into the anonymous, invisible world of standards to reveal how these commonplace instruments order the messy world we live in. This deeply thoughtful work of political sociology is a must-read for anyone concerned with the hidden dynamics of power in contemporary industrial democracies."--Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School; author of Designs on Nature "This book demonstrates that Lawrence Busch is not only an outstanding expert and even connoisseur of the subtle nuances of the world of standards which are used to make and unmake the world; he is also a critical analyst of their political and moral significance. Deeply informed by debates in the social sciences, economics, and even analytical philosophy, the book combines a rigorous examination with a great sense of humor in a journey that leads the reader from Harlequin romances to the auditable firm."--Laurent Thevenot, Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris "It is hard to imagine a more contemporarily relevant topic than that of Standards: Recipes for Reality. Our times, marked by economic bubbles, political partisanship, and a search for sustainability, would profit from Lawrence Busch's socio-cultural studies romp through histories and cultures seeking balance for standards and ways to ensure a good life."--Don Ihde, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

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Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor in the Center for the Study of Standards and Society in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.

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Tedious work of a potentially cool topic 19 Mar. 2014
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Wow, this is some heavy plowing. I feel like I need to hitch up a few ponies to my plow to drive through this dry field. Standards ought to be a fascinating subject because it's really about how humanity arrived at consensus about how to construct the modern world. Yes, you'll find that info buried here in there in this stony dense field, but you will need to be prepared to plow hard through dry patches and turgid writing.
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