Erving Goffman is not usually thought of as a sociologist of technology. In this talk Professor Pinch returns to two of Goffman's earliest studies and argues that materiality and technology are highly consequential for the interaction Goffman studied. Professor Pinch shows how Goffmanâ€™s familiar notions of "role distance" and the distinction between "front stage" and "backstage" are both set within examples replete with materiality and technology. He compares Goffman with Latour as sociologist of mundane artefacts. Then having shown how ordinary interaction is materially staged, mediated, and performed, Professor Pinch argues that the interactionist approach can be useful in the study of Web 2.0 sites. He concludes the talk with examples from his own study of the on-line remixing and mash-up site, ACIDplanet.com.
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Trevor Pinch, Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University
- Tuesday, 01 December 2009
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 2-2
Level 2, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road