Asia Pacific Media Educator


Mackenzie, Donald & Wajcman, Judy (1999)
The Social Shaping Of Technology, (2nd ed),
Open University Press, Buckingham. 462pp. ISBN 0 335 19914 3

Reviewed by Myles Breen

Donald Mackenzie’s and Judy Wajcman’s Social Shaping of Technology reached its second edition in 1999. As an example of that endangered species, the purpose-driven anthology, today threatened by the photocopied assemblages by individual lecturers, this book has achieved admirable success. The thirty chapters are divided into four parts. The first is introductory and general. The second concerns the technology of production. The third concerns reproductive technology, and the fourth military technology.