Engineering and Sociology in a Military Aircraft Project: A Network Analysis of Technological Change

TitleEngineering and Sociology in a Military Aircraft Project: A Network Analysis of Technological Change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsLaw, J., and M. Callon
Secondary TitleSocial Problems
Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the TSR 2 British military aircraft project, beginnning with its conceptualization in the late 1950s and ending in 1965 with its cancellation. Using the notion of network, we detail the fundamentally interconnected character of the social and the technical. We trace how the TSR 2 was conceived, designed, and developed, then consider difflculties encountered and the process that led to its cancellation. Our aim is to recommend and illustrate a method of social analysis that takes the technical aspects of the engineer’s work to be profoundly social By carefully following technologists, we see the kinds of social worlds, institutions, and roles contained in the machines they create. We also see the diverse objects mobilized to fit these conceptions. The technical thus is social.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/800623