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Record number 409784
Title What is technography?
Author(s) Jansen, K.; Vellema, S.
Source NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 57 (2011)3-4. - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 169 - 177.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.njas.2010.11.003
Department(s) Technology and Agrarian Development
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) african food security - sierra-leone - technology - governance - participation - perspective - standards - knowledge - systems - world
Abstract Technography has recently been proposed as an interdisciplinary methodology for the detailed study of the use of skills, tools, knowledge and techniques in everyday life. This paper argues that technography is a useful methodological approach for the integrative study of social–technical configurations. Technography focuses on how teams or networks of farmers, technicians and engineers, amongst other actors, solve problems. The key characteristics of the technographic approach are discussed, using examples drawn from agricultural production. The concept of performance helps to distinguish technography from some common agronomic as well as social science approaches to technological change. We conclude that technography, which is basically a methodology, needs to be complemented with a social analysis of concrete political, economic and cultural processes that co-evolve with technological change.
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