The Mutual Relationship Between Technology and Society Essay examples

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I am interested in exploring the mutual shaping relationship between technology and society through an integrated development perspective. During my postgraduate study of science and technology studies (STS) in University of Edinburgh, I followed the mutual shaping route and briefly touched the problems of integrated development in two researches, “Understanding Local Circumstances of Surveillance on ICT Applications in China” and “The Mutual Shaping History of Agricultural Technology, Social Condition, And Public Policy in China”. By applying to the doctoral project “Innovation, Society, And Policy In China: Towards An Integrated Development”, I wish to extend my knowledge and investigation to the mutual shaping relationship among…show more content…
I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in Shanghai University, one of the five state level key disciplines of sociology in China, with a core GPA of 3.5 and the final semester GPA of 3.79. My dissertation “One Night Stand In Discourse – A Relation And Event Analysis Of Power” explored how Chinese government controlled the “one night stand”, a “nascent social abnormality” as the authority called, by constructing repressive and defaming discourses about people participating in the so-called “one night stand” and their behaviors. Implementing a “relation and event” framework inspired by Foucault and Deleuze to dismantle the discourses, I found that discourses created by government in public media tried to construct the concept “one night stand” by defining it to a specifically new category while materializing it with characteristics and menaces from many already well-established social categories of sexual taboos. Through the construction, therefore, government could impose its traditional control of the “sexual abnormality” to a new and artificial territory. This paper implemented the discourse analysis to reveal how authority held and exerted power by constructing the knowledge of “one night stand”. Had I enough time a better research agenda should discuss not only the one-way top-down power control from government but a confrontation of power around the processes of knowledge among different actors and their local
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