Ontology and Accountability
Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland
Reviews and Awards
"Do you want to escape from the rulers who hide in the mundane tools of daily life? Then read this book to find out how it all works. Governance in practice provocatively portrayed." - Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam
"After this book, sorting your trash, slowing down to negotiate a speed hump, and transiting through an airport will become intensely social events. Mundane objects will have become your familiars in new ways. Essential reading for new generation science and technology studies."
"Helen Verran, University of Melbourne"
"This is a book to spark a whole field of research. With droll wit and exquisite prose, Woolgar and Neyland demonstrate that understanding the infrastructures of everyday governance (recycling, speed cameras, airport security) requires new ways of exploring the kinds of objects that make up our world (our sociotechnical ontologies) and the very nature of the state. It is at once a science and technology studies classic and a gage for the continued fertility of the field." - Geoffrey C. Bowker, University of California, Irvine