Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2537
Title: Do Categories Have Politics? The Language/Action Perspective Reconsidered
Authors: Suchman, Lucy
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: ECSCW 1993: Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 1-14
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: Drawing on writings within the CSCW community and on recent social theory, this paper proposes that the adoption of speech act theory as a foundation for system design carries with it an agenda of discipline and control over organization members' actions. I begin with a brief review of the language/action perspective introduced by Winograd, Flores and their colleagues, focusing in particular on the categorization of speakers' intent. I then turn to, some observations on the politics of categorization and, wiith that framework as background, consider the attempt, through THE COORDINATOR, to implement a technological system for intentionaccounting within organizations. Finally, I suggest the implications of the analysis presented in the paper for the politics of CSCW systems design
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2537
ISBN: 978-94-011-2094-4
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Milano, Italy
metadata.mci.conference.date: 13-17 September 1993
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