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date: 19 February 2019

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This article analyses the conception of technology as a site and object of politics. It presents four narratives that provide a rationale for a lively politics of technology and each case had given rise to its distinctive conceptual dialectic articulated through specific constellations of political actors, controversies, discourses, and forms of action. It suggests that technology as a site and object of politics displays itself clearly in four linked yet separate aspects: as risk, as design, as standard, and as ethical constraint. On each front politics has played out as a dialectic between competing propositions. The article concludes that the politics of technology is the play and the ploy through which today's citizens can assert control over potentially dangerous extensions of their ambitiously inventive selves.

Keywords: technology, politics, narratives, conceptual dialectic, political actors, inventive selves

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