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Living in a Material WorldEconomic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies$
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Trevor Pinch and Richard Swedberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162524

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.001.0001

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Economic Markets and the Rise of Interactive Agencements: From Prosthetic Agencies to Habilitated Agencies

Economic Markets and the Rise of Interactive Agencements: From Prosthetic Agencies to Habilitated Agencies

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(p.28) (p.29) 1 Economic Markets and the Rise of Interactive Agencements: From Prosthetic Agencies to Habilitated Agencies
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Living in a Material World
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Michel Callon

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.003.0002

This chapter discusses the modalities and effects of the contribution of markets as networks to the process of individualization, and characterizes the functioning and constitution of the socio-technical agencements that shape homo economicus 2.0 in the fields of design, production, distribution, or consumption. The advantages of the concept of the agency are discussed along with examples. An agencement transforms a situation by producing differences, and it is a philosophical concept whose proponents are considered as representatives of a French pragmatist tradition. The author also discusses interactive individual agency, social handicap policy, prosthetic policies, and habilitation policies. Both the prosthesis and habilitation approaches aim to compose an individual agent, but prosthesis acts on the person and habilitation strives to transform the environment.

Keywords:   agency, individualization, economic markets, technology, homo economicus

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