Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences (Inside Technology) Paperback – 11 Oct 2000
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
" Sorting Things Out is a brilliant dissection of a fundamental facet ofsocial life. Its analytic comparisons shed new light on familiar problemswhich plague all the social sciences." Howard S. Becker , University of California-Santa Barbara
About the Author
Geoffrey C. Bowker is Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
For the lay-reader, Sorting things out is a digestible, although sometimes overly worded introduction to the pernicious nature of categorising and dividing anything and a wake-up call to everyone to give more consideration to the segmentations we create and perpetuate on a daily basis and their wider effects.
Great for IA's - gives a wider view of the importance of labelling and structure and the behaviour of users and agents.
The conclusion feels weak and seeks to relate this idea (the boundary object) in a scatter-gun approach to lots of other theoretical frameworks e.g activity theory,community of practice and ANT. In this it feels wooly rather than directed at the end.
Essential reading if you are doing research on or around classification systems or standards of interoperability.
Even for academia, the emphasis of description, the paucity of analysis and the complete absence of any practical guidance is disappointing.
OK it was written in 1999, but there is nothing about the emerging challenges of information classification on the Internet at a time when Yahoo! etc. were offering browsable taxonomies of web sites.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Computing & Internet > Digital Lifestyle > Online Shopping > Amazon
- Books > Computing & Internet > Networking & Security > Network Topics
- Books > Reference > Library & Information Sciences
- Books > Science & Nature > Biological Sciences
- Books > Science & Nature > History & Philosophy > History of Science
- Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Biology
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Academic Philosophy
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Social Sciences > Sociology