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Social Theories of Technology – Actor-Network Theory vs. Social Construction of Technology

This is my major work for NET303, the follow up assignment to the essay that I posted yesterday. I wasn’t entirely happy with the assignment as I felt that I couldn’t get an expert view on either specific topic. However, I received a fantastic mark. It goes to show that the more you study and the more you put the work in the greater the result will be.

Actor-Network Theory and the theory of Social Construction of Technology are two important theories that theorize the relationship between technology and society. This essay explores both theories by first explaining individually what the theories are how they individually theorize the relationship between technology and society, identifying and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of both before contrasting the two theories against one another by identifying what similarities they share and what differences they have.

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