The Political Construction of Space Satellite Technology

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Whatfactors determine the nature and pace of technological development? The literature on social construction of technology and actor-network theory suggests that assembling “coalitions” of support and conveying a certain “rhetoric” of technology are important to moving technology forward They are especially crucial strategies for advocates of large-scale, government-supported technologies. These strategies are illuminated by cases of U.S. space satellite development: meteorological satellites, land satellites, and the Earth Observation System.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-69
Number of pages23
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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