Harro van Lente, Arie Rip; Expectations in Technological Developments: An Example of Prospective Structures to be Filled in by Agency; 28 pages; ; OAI:oai:doc.utwente.nl:34732; landing, (a photocopy of a paper article) academia.edu, landing as Chapter 7; In Cornelis Disco, Barend vander Meulen, Getting New Technologies Together: Studies in Making Sociotechnical Order; Walter de Gruyter; 1998.
An earlier version of this paper was prepared, submitted, presented at the XXIth (21st?) World Congress of Sociology, ISA, Bielefield, DE, 1994-07-18.
- Agenda Theory (van Lente 1993)
- <quote>The study of texts <snip/> in this sense, one can think of technology as a generalized text This is important <snip/> because texts are nothing if not internally coordinated, among other things because of their story-line.</quote>
- Prospective Structure
- Structure versus Agency
- the “script”
- Expectation (theory)
<quote>expectations structure activity differently than structures normally do</quote>
- <quote capitalization=”herein”>Prospective Structure hence has the same power as Forceful Fiction in opening up space for action.</quote>
- van Lente → Agenda Theory (his, theirs)
- Mead → role-taking
- Goffman → dramaturgical presentation of self
- Berger & Luckman → social construction of reality
- Giddens → structuration theory
- Burns & Flam → social rule system theory
- Shibutani → social processes
- Strauss → social world
- Boudon → transformation processes
- Technology and the Problem of Structure-Agency in Sociology
- Some Examples of Emerging Patterns in Technology
- Example 1: Moore’s Law as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
- Example 2: The Emerging World of Membrane Technology in The Netherlands.
- Example 3: HDTV, a Self-Justifying Technology.
- From Promise to Requirement
- Mechanisms: Mutual Positioning and Agenda-Building
- In Conclusion