Feelings of discontent and the promise of middle range theory for STS: examples from technology dynamics

Geels, Frank W (2007) Feelings of discontent and the promise of middle range theory for STS: examples from technology dynamics. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 32 (6). pp. 627-651. ISSN 0162-2439

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Abstract

This article critically discusses the state of STS, expressing feelings of discontent regarding four aspects: policy relevance, conceptual language, too much focus on complexity, theoretical styles. Middle range theory is proposed as an alternative, promising avenue. Middle range theories focus on delimited topics, make explicit efforts to combine concepts, and search for abstracted patterns and explanatory mechanisms. The article presents achievements in that direction for technology dynamics, particularly with regard to the role of expectations, niche theory and radical innovation, and the multi-level perspective on sociotechnical transitions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Frank Geels
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:37
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 15:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21506
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