Practice, Plurality, Performativity, and Plumbing: Internet Governance Research Meets Science and Technology Studies

TitlePractice, Plurality, Performativity, and Plumbing: Internet Governance Research Meets Science and Technology Studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMusiani, F
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume40
Issue2
Pagination272-286
Date PublishedMarch 1, 2015
Publication Languageeng
AbstractRecent scholarship provides the opportunity for an assessment of the underexplored but promising marriage between science and technology studies (STS) and Internet governance (IG) research. This article seeks to provide such an assessment by reviewing and discussing, in particular, three volumes: Laura DeNardis’s The Global War for Internet Governance (2014, Yale University Press), The Power of Networks: Organizing the Global Politics of the Internet by Mikkel Flyverbom (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing), and Governance, Regulations and Powers on the Internet edited by Eric Brousseau, Meryem Marzouki, and Cécile Méadel (2012, Cambridge University Press). Approaching IG through an STS lens, these authors bring to the fore a number of related issues that political and legal sciences have addressed only incompletely so far, but are crucial to understand today’s governance of the Internet as a complex sociotechnical system of systems. In their research, STS scholars of IG highlight the day-to-day, mundane practices that constitute IG; the plurality and “networkedness” of hybrid devices and arrangements that populate, shape, and define IG processes; the performative function of these arrangements vis-à-vis the virtual, yet very material, worlds they seek to regulate; the invisibility, pervasiveness, and agency of infrastructure.
URLhttp://sth.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/40/2/272
DOI10.1177/0162243914553803

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