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Free software to open hardware: Critical theory on the frontiers of hacking


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Title: Free software to open hardware: Critical theory on the frontiers of hacking
Authors: Söderberg, Johan
E-mail: johan.soderberg@sts.gu.se
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2011
University: Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Science
Institution: Department of Sociology ; Sociologiska institutionen
Parts of work: (forthcoming) ‘Determining Social Change: The Role of Technological Determinism in the Collective Action Framing of Hackers’. New Media & Society.

(2010) 'Misuser Inventions and the Invention of the Misuser: Hackers, Crackers and Filesharers, Science as Culture 19 (2): 151-179
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(forthcoming) ‘Free Space Optics in the Czech Wireless Community: Shedding Some Light on the Role of Normativity for User-Initiated Innovations’. Science, Technology & Human Values 36.
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(2010) Reconstructivism versus Critical Theory of Technology: Alternative Perspectives on Activism and Institutional Entrepreneurship in the Czech Wireless Community. Social Epistemology 24 (4): 239-262.
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Date of Defence: 2011-03-04
Disputation: fredagen den 4 mars 2011 klockan 13:15 i Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: STS Research reports
17
Keywords: hackers
constructivism
innovation
free software
critical theory
immanent critique
technology
lay expertise
open hardware
Abstract: Starting from the experiences of hackers developing free software and open hardware, this thesis addresses some key and recurrent themes in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). It poses the question: how are technologies conceptualised, constructed and used in ways that render some aspects of them transparent, while leaving others opaque? This question is complicated by the fact that what is visible and transparent to some will remain opaque to others, depending on the level of tec... more
ISBN: 9789197544276
ISSN: 16504437
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/24450
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses / Doktorsavhandlingar Sociologiska institutionen (-2011)
Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet

 

 

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