Sorting things out classification and its consequences of sorting things out classification and its consequences and the author of memory practices in the sciences both published by the mit press susan leigh star susan leigh star was doreen boyce chair for library and information science university of pittsburgh. Geoffrey c bowker is professor and director of the evoke lab at the university of california irvine he is the coauthor with susan leigh star of sorting things out classification and its consequences and the author of memory practices in the sciences both published by the mit press. Assigning things people or their actions to categories is a ubiquitous part of work in the modern bureaucratic world categories in this sense arise from work and from other kinds of organized activity including the conflicts over meaning that occur when multiple groups fight over the nature of a classification systems and its categories. Classification some of which have become formal or standardized and some of which have not we have several concerns in this exploration growing both from the consideration of classification work and its. Classification and its consequences all are examples of classification the scaffolding of information infrastructures in sorting things out geoffrey c bowker and susan leigh star explore the role of categories and standards in shaping the modern world in a clear and lively style they investigate a variety of classification systems
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