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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: The pivotal function of non-human actors in the acceptability of the body technology, Actibelt® : a reconstruction based on actor-network-theory
Authors: Scheermesser, Mandy
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/s11569-022-00415-0
Published in: Nanoethics
Volume(Issue): 2022
Issue: 16
Page(s): 81
Pages to: 93
Issue Date: 29-Apr-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 1871-4757
Language: English
Subjects: Actor-network-theory; Acceptability; Technology use; Acceptance; Non-human actors; Technology adoption
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
Abstract: This paper explores the question of how non-human actors contribute to the acceptability of technologies. Acceptance and acceptability of technologies were examined as network formation and not, as in conventional technology acceptance models, as adoption by individual human actors. Using the approach of translation sociology, the acceptance work necessary for network formation was examined. As a result, the (technical) actibelt®-Actor-Network and five modes of acceptance work by non-human actors and their effects on patients were identified. The different modes of acceptance work show that non-human actors, such as events, meetings, graphs, and socio-technical discourses, are not passive actors in the development of technology, but can enable, hinder, or condition acceptability. Therefore, nonhuman actors play a central and constitutive role in the translation process by performing acceptance work and contributing to the stabilisation and acceptability of the actibelt®-Actor-Network.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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