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Sited Materialities with Global Span
Sited materialities with global span
SaskiaSassen, University of Chicag

The difficulty that analysts and commentators have had in specifying or understanding the impact of digitization on complex social settings essentially results from two analytic flaws. One of these (especially evident in the United States) confines interpretation to a technological reading of the technical capabilities of digital technology This is crucial for the engineering side but is problematic for the social sciences.1 A purely technological reading of technical capabilities inevitably neutralizes or renders invisible the material conditions and practices, place-boundedness, and thick social environments within and through which these technologies operate. A second tendency is the continuing reliance on analytic categorizations that were developed under other spatial and historical conditions, that is, conditions ...

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