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Title: Materialising social ontology
Authors: Elder-Vass, Dave
Keywords: Materiality
Social ontology
Socio-technical structures
Technological objects
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: ELDER-VASS, D., 2017. Materialising social ontology. Cambridge Journal of Economics, In Press.
Abstract: Social theorists increasingly recognise that material things often play vital roles in the causation of social events. However there is substantial disagreement on how to theorise these roles. Several members of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group have made important contributions in the form of their work on the ontology of technological objects. This paper builds on their work to develop an ontology of socio-technical structures: social entities composed of both humans and technological objects, with causal powers that depend on how these parts relate to, and interact with, each other. The implication is that material things are not just significant in their own right, or as parts of technical complexes, but that they can play a central role in social structures themselves. Indeed many of the most important and consequential social structures in contemporary societies, and in particular in contemporary economies, are socio-technical structures.
Description: This paper is closed access until 24 months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25862
Publisher Link: https://academic.oup.com/cje
ISSN: 0309-166X
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