Reading List

This reading list is a tentative list. It is, of course, incomplete and constantly growing. We will occasionally update this list as new titles hit the presses and when older titles come to our attention. Suggestions, even of your own books, are welcome — send us a quick e-mail.


Almklov, P. G. (2008). Standardized data and singular situations. Social Studies of Science, 38(6), 873-897.

Barry, Andrew (2001). Political machines : Governing a technological society. London; New York: Athlone Press.

Bijker, W. E. (1992). Shaping technology, building society. Studies in sociotechnical change. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Bowker, G. C. & P. N. Edwards. (2011). Standards. MIT Press.

Bowker, G. C. & Star, S. L. (1999). Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. In MIT press.

Carroll, P. (2006). Science, culture, and modern state formation. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Carroll, P. (forthcoming). Ontologies of the Technoscientific State: Heterogeneous Assembly, Obligatory Passage Point, and Discursive Punctualization. Social Studies of Science

Edwards, P. N. (2010).A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming. MIT Press.

Eyal, G. (2011). The Autism Matrix. Polity.

Gopakumar, G. (2011). Transforming Urban Water Supplies in India: The Role of Reform and Partnerships in Globalization (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series).

Hanseth, Monteiro, & Hatling (1996). Developing information infrastructure: The tension between standardization and flexibility. Science, Technology & Human Values, 21(4), 407-326.

Hayles, N. K. (2002). Writing machines . Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press.

Hickman, L. A. (1990). Technology as a human affair. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Higgins, A. (2007). ‘Code talk’ in soft work. Ethnography, 8(4), 467-484.

Hughes, T. P. (2004). Human-Built world. How to think about technology and culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Latour, B. (1991). Technology is society made durable. In J. Law (Ed.), A sociology of monsters: Essays on power, technology and domination (J. Law, Ed.). (pp. 103-31). London/New York: Routledge.

Latour, B., Bijker, W., & Law, J. (1992). Where are the missing masses? The sociology of a few mundane artifacts. In Shaping technology, building society. Studies in sociotechnical change. (pp. 225-58). MIT Press.

Lethbridge, T. C., Sim, S. E., & Singer, J. (2005). Studying software engineers: Data collection techniques for software field studies. Empirical Software Engineering, 10(3), 311-341.

Luhmann, N. (1990). Technology, environment and social risk: A systems perspective. Organization & Environment, 4(3), 223.

Mackenzie, A. (2003). These things called systems: Collective imaginings and infrastructural software. Social Studies of Science, 33(3), 365-387.

Mackenzie, A. (2005). The performativity of code: Software and cultures of circulation. Theory, Culture & Society, 22(1), 71-92.

MacKenzie & Monk (2004). From cards to code: How extreme programming re-embodies programming as a collective practice. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, (13), 91-117.

Manovich, L. (1999). Database as symbolic form. Convergence: The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies.

Misa, T. (1988). How machines make history, and how historians (and others) help them to do so. Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Passoth, J-H & N.J. Rowland. (2010). Actor-Network State. International Sociology, 25(6), 818-841.

Pinch, T. (1993). Testing-One, two, three… Testing!”: Toward a sociology of testing. Science, Technology & Human Values, 18(1), 25.

Rowland, N.J. & T. Gieryn. (2007). Transfer Troubles. In Living in a Material World. MIT Press.

Star, S. L. (1995). The cultures of computing. Oxford: Blackwell Publisher.

Star, S. L. (1999). The ethnography of infrastructure. American Behavioral Scientist, 43(3), 377.

Winner, L. (1977). Autonomous technology : Technics-Out-Of-Control as a theme in political thought. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Winner, L. (1986). The whale and the reactor : A search for limits in an age of high technology. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Pr.

Woolgar, S. (1991). The turn to technolgy in social studies of science. Science, Technology & Human Values, 16(3), 368–378.

Woolgar, S. (2002). Virtual society? Technology, cyberbole, reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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