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Mundane Governance: Ontology and Accountability

Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland


This book focuses on ways in which our lives are increasingly regulated and controlled in relation to ordinary objects and technologies. The analysis considers questions of governance, how this occurs, through what means, and with what consequence; accountability, to whom (or what) for which kinds of behaviour; and ontology; suggesting the very nature of people and things is entangled in governance. This book takes these questions as the starting point for exploring the ways in which relations of governance and accountability in contemporary life are organized around ordinary, everyday, pervas ... More

Keywords: Mundane governance, science and technology studies, accountability, ontology, morality, waste, recycling, airports, traffic management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584741
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584741.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Woolgar, author
Professor of Marketing and Head of the Science and Technology Studies group, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Daniel Neyland, author
Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths College