[Air-L] Theories of computer networks (Holly Kruse)

yannbona at molekulab.net yannbona at molekulab.net
Mon Sep 6 21:29:43 PDT 2010

Hi Holly,

You might consider taking a look to classic Science and Technology  
Studies (STS) literature on Large Technological Systems.

For Instance;

Hughes, T. P. (1987). The evolution of large technological systems. In  
Bijker, W. E., Hughes, T. P., and Pinch, T. J., editors, The Social  
Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology  
and History of Technology, number x, 405 p, pages 51-82. MIT Press.

...Star, S. L. (1999). The ethnography of infrastructure. American  
Behavioral Scientist, 43(3):377-391.

Although a quick search at any journal database should give you a more  
comprehensive and updated results, those are still a good place to  

You might also want to take a look at a forthcoming book @


Best of luck and, if you agree, I would be interested in reading a  
copy of your work.

Yann Bona

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Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 16:03:44 -0500
From: Holly Kruse <holly.kruse at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Air-L] Theories of computer networks
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Hi all:

I'm curious: what are recommended sources for social and cultural  
theories of computer networks?: specifically, social theories having  
to do with the technology's expansion across space.  I'm need to make  
a fairly explicit analogy between the social implications of the  
historical development/organization and colonization of space of  
computer networks and another, older communication technology.  I  
don't need to make analogies to other older communication technologies  
(writing, print, telegraph, telephone, radio, TV, etc. ? or  
phonograph, on which I've written.  I pretty familiar with that  
literature).  For purposes of this project, I just need sources on  
computer networks.  I probably need to re-read Castells, because it's  
been a while.  Anything else?



Holly Kruse
Department of Communications
Rogers State University
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017
hkruse at rsu.edu or holly.kruse at gmail.com
http://hollykruse.com or http://www.rsu.edu/academics/comm/kruse.asp

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