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Chapter Eight | Using Sociotechnical Methods: Researching Human-Technological Dynamics in the City

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Using Sociotechnical Methods: Researching Human-Technological Dynamics in the City
SimonGuy and AndrewKarvonen
Introduction

You are roused from a deep slumber by the buzzing of your digital alarm clock. It's 6 a.m., time to get up. You begrudgingly comply, reach for the light switch, and stagger to the bathroom to use the toilet. After getting a drink of water from the tap, you head to the kitchen to switch on the kettle. Outside your window and four stories down, automated photosensors switch off the streetlights in anticipation of the sunrise, while the sidewalks and streets gradually fill with daily commuters travelling in cars and on bus, bicycle and foot. Back inside your flat, you settle into your favourite chair with a cup of hot tea and open your ...

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