Although social scientists generally agree that techlogy plays a key role in the ecomy, ecomics and techlogy have yet to be brought together into a coherent framework that is both analytically interesting and empirically oriented. This book draws on the tools of science and techlogy studies and ecomic sociology to reconceptualize the intersection of ecomy and techlogy, suggesting materiality--the idea that social existence involves t only actors and social relations but also objects--as the theoretical point of convergence. The contributors take up general concerns, such as individual agency in a network ecomy and the materiality of the household in ecomic history, as well as specific financial techlogies such as the stock ticker, the trading room, and the telephone. Forms of infrastructure--accounting, global configurations of trading and information techlogies, and patent law--are examined. Case studies of the impact of the Internet and information techlogy on consumption (e-commerce), the reputation ecomy (the rise of online reviews of products), and organizational settings (outsourcing of an IT system) round off this collection of essays. Contributors: Elizabeth Popp Berman, Daniel Beunza, Michel Callon, Karin Krr Cetina, Shay David, Thomas F. Gieryn, Barbara Grimpe, David Hatherly, David Leung, Christian Licoppe, Donald MacKenzie, Philip Mirowski, Fabian Muniesa, Edward Nik-Khah, Trevor Pinch, Alex Preda, Nicholas J. Rowland, David Stark, Richard Swedberg
Richard Swedberg is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He is the author of Max Weber and the Idea of Economic Sociology, Principles of Economic Sociology, and other books.