Andrew Feenberg

In a Critical Theory of Technology, Feenberg (1991) addresses many of Winner’s political economy concerns of SCOT by proposing an approach that is sometimes referred to as critical constructivism. Like social constructivism, this approach invests a profound sense of importance in the social factors that shape a technology. The fundamental difference is that in critical constructivism, dominant social agents fuse their interests into the development of technologies with the end goal of “sedimenting values and interests in rules and procedures, devices and artifacts, that routinize the pursuit of power and advantage by a dominant hegemony.”

Feenberg, A (1991), Critical Theory of Technology, Oxford University Press, New York.