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Working knowledge as performance: On the practical understanding of machines
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change.
2008 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, Vol. 22, no 2, 319-336 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article uses perspectives from science and technology studies to understand the working knowledge used by operators to understand and handle machines. Industrial production is seen as a heterogeneous assemblage of sociomaterial practices, where machines and humans interact in processes of mutual inscription and modification. Working knowledge is analysed as situated practices of knowing, or performances.This perspective is used in a meta-interpretation of earlier ethnographic research and other accounts of manual, industrial work, focusing on the mental, bodily and emotional understanding employed in crucial situations, as when learning to work, localizing machines, or coping with difficult or recalcitrant machines. Copyright © 2008 BSA Publications Ltd.

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2008. Vol. 22, no 2, 319-336 p.
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Industrial work, Learning, Machines, Meta-interpretation, Performance, Working knowledge
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46122DOI: 10.1177/0950017008089107OAI: diva2:267018
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-10

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