Socio-technical spaces: A new guide to sociotechnical politics?

Christian Clausen, Yutaka Yoshinaka

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    This paper addresses how insights from the social shaping tradition and political process theory may contribute to an understanding of the sociotechnical design and implementation of change. This idea is pursued through the notion of ‘socio-technical spaces’ and its delineation, with respect to the analysis of two distinct cases: Business Process Reengineering (BPR), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the light of ‘film-less’ radiological practice, respectively. Socio-technical space is elaborated as being an occasioning as well as a result of sociotechnical choices and processes. It points to the role of socio-material and discursive practices in rendering spaces open to problematisation and action. It is suggested that the notion of socio-technical spaces helps generate a sensitising guide for researchers and practitioners, and is suggested as a constructive means to localising potential political concerns. The paper tentatively points to some analytical implications, and to challenges and possibilities, for the ‘bridging’ between spaces otherwise rendered distinct.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnderstanding Sociotechnical Action, Workshop Proceedings
    EditorsKeith Horton and Elizabeth Davenport
    Number of pages4
    Publication date2004
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventUnderstanding Sociotechnical Action 2004 - Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 1 Jan 20041 Jan 2004


    WorkshopUnderstanding Sociotechnical Action 2004
    LocationNapier University
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    OtherNo exact date found, but held in 2004.


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