Review Essay: The Construction of Networks as Technologies of the Social Self

  • Willy Viehöver Universität Augsburg
Keywords: networks, sociology of technology, discourse, technological networking, subjectivity, technologies of the self

Abstract

From a constructivist micro perspective, Tanja PAULITZ takes an innovative view of processes of technological development in the field of Internet construction. The author underlines how technological networking and subjectivity are two entities that need further examination. Further, the interrelation between technological networking and subjectivation (FOUCAULT) is seen as mutually productive rather than instrumental. PAULITZ's book first raises the question of how subjectivity is socially constructed through the internet. Second, PAULITZ asks how concepts of subjectivity shape the process of Internet construction. Third, by connecting the technologies of networking with FOUCAULT's concept of technologies of the self, the book opens a new perspective on the productive effects power has in the process of socio-technological networking. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0702252

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Author Biography

Willy Viehöver, Universität Augsburg
Willy VIEHÖVER, Studium der Soziologie, Psychologie und Pädagogik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität zu Düsseldorf. Promotionsstudium am Europäischen Hochschulinstitut Florenz mit Abschluss eines Ph.D. Seit 1999 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Augsburg im DFG-Projekt Vergesellschaftung der Natur und Naturalisierung der Gesellschaft – unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Christoph LAU – im Rahmen des SFB-536 Reflexive Modernisierung. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Kultur- und Umweltsoziologie, Policy-Analyse, qualitative Methoden, soziologische Theoriebildung.
Published
2007-05-31