Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic by Eric Hirsch, Roger Silverstone

By Eric Hirsch, Roger Silverstone

Eating applied sciences opens for research a few the most important yet hardly ever tested parts of social, cultural and monetary lifestyles. At its middle is a priority with the complicated set of relationships that mark and outline where of the household within the smooth international, and a proof of the connection among the family and public spheres as they're mediated through intake and know-how.

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Veblen, Thorstein (1925) The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions, London: George Allen & Unwin. Chapter 2 The circuit of technology Gender, identity and power Cynthia Cockburn The sociological understanding of technology has made great strides in the past two decades. One sign of this is the fact that today there is no need to begin an article about technology with a disclaimer of ‘technological determinism’. It is taken as given that technology is not a prime mover, that it is socially shaped, a suitable case for treatment by social science.

Hobson, Dorothy (1982) Crossroads: The Drama of a Soap Opera , London: Methuen. ) The Social Life of Things: Commodities in a Cultural Perspective , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 64–91. Leal, Ondina Fachel (1990) ‘Popular taste and erudite repertoire: the place and space of television in Brazil’, Cultural Studies 4 (1): 19–29. Lefebvre, Henri (1971) Everyday Life in the Modern World , London: Allen Lane. Miller, Daniel (1987) Material Culture and Mass Consumption , Oxford: Blackwell. ——(1988) ‘Appropriating the state on the council estate’, Man 23:353–72.

The practice may differ as regards food and as regards consumer durables such as a microwave oven. Clearly it is difficult, if not obtuse, to attempt an understanding of technology in such a context without taking account of gender identities. It is not, however, as is sometimes The circuit of technology Gender, identity and power 37 supposed, only when women are present that gender exists. Studies of the introduction of new technology may sometimes seem to enter a world peopled entirely by men.

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