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Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs: Toward a Theory of Sociotechnical Change (Inside Technology) Reprint Edition

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Bijker has provided a useful text demonstrating the advantages of opening up technological phenomena to relativist inquiry...a valuable contribution to the important goal of redefining the relation between the technical and the nontechnical.

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'Of Bicycles, Bakelights, and Bulbs' integrates three fascinating case studies with sociological and political analysis to offer an integrated theory both of relations between technology and society and of the issues involved in sociotechnical change.
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  • Series: Inside Technology
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (January 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262522276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262522274
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on May 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Bijker's case studies could be read as fascinating histories of technology, but their strength lies in the analysis of the chosen artefacts. Bicycle presents mechanical technology, bakellite chemical and the fluorescent lighting electrical; the cases are also different in their approach: bicycle is discussed from end user viewpoint (who rode the bicycle and how); bakelite is a story of an inventor and a birth of a new industry, whereas the bulb presents a case of an established industry going through a turbulent technological renewal.
Bicycle was not a useful thing: it was a completely useless hobby of a few inventors and daredevils, and Bijker traces the developments that made the bicycle an indispensable form of transportation. The case offers hilarious deja vu: bicycle means death of distance ! Before the safety bicycle established itself as the dominant design, bicycle races and speed tests were used for advertising, not unlike the PC performance tests that were numerous not too many years ago.
Bakelite and Baekeland are described in a "heroic innovator" way, but taking into account historical context, professional trajectories of the involved scientists and the dead ends and failed experiments. Synthetic resin business is also covered.
Fluorescent lighting case shows how the invention goes through various phases before it is established as we know it today. In the case of fluorescent lighting, things developed rapidly between 1938 and 1940 and the lamp transformed itself from low intensity lamp for coloring purposes to energy saving lamp to high intensity daylight lamp.
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