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Mundane Governance: Ontology and Accountability Hardcover – 28 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (28 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199584745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199584741
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.5 x 16.3 cm
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"This is a book to spark a whole field of research. With droll wit and exquisite prose, Woolgar and Neyland demonstrate that understanding the infrastructures of everyday governance (recycling, speed cameras, airport security) requires new ways of exploring the kinds of objects that make up our world (our sociotechnical ontologies) and the very nature of the state. It is at once a science and technology studies classic and a gage for the continued fertility of the field."--Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, Irvine

"Do you want to escape from the rulers who hide in the mundane tools of daily life? Then read this book to find out how it all works. Governance in practice provocatively portrayed."--Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam

"After this book, sorting your trash, slowing down to negotiate a speed hump, and transiting through an airport will become intensely social events. Mundane objects will have become your familiars in new ways. Essential reading for new generation science and technology studies."--Helen Verran, University of Melbourne

About the Author

Professor Steve Woolgar is a Sociologist who holds the Chair of Marketing at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Sociology, Head of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) at Brunel University. He has held Visiting Appointments at McGill University (Sociology '79-81), MIT (Program in Science Technology and Society, '83-84), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, '88-89) and UC San Diego (Sociology, '95-96). From 1997-2002 he was Director of the ESRC Programme Virtual Society? - the social science of electronic technologies a £3m venture comprising 22 research projects throughout the UK. Daniel Neyland is a Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths College. He has previously been Lecturer in the Management School, at the University of Lancaster, and Senior Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research interests cover issues of governance, accountability and ethics in forms of science, technology and organization.

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