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Computing Capitalisms—Part 2 (April-June 2021)


Kennedy, Devin (Author)
Con Diaz, Gerardo (Author)

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Volume: 43
Issue: 2
Pages: 5-5

Publication Date: April-June 2021
Edition Details: Theme Article: Computing and Capitalism
Language: English

Presents the second installment of Computing Capitalisms: History, Business, and Information Technology. This series, introduced in the July–September 2020 issue, is a call to expand the scope of the business history of computing—from its traditional emphasis on IT firms and computing markets toward the broader political-economic and sociocultural forces that dynamically structure their operation. The first issue of the series celebrated new directions in the study of the state as a factor in the business history of computing. It highlighted the state as a site to observe the coproduction of social visions and technological systems and emphasized how the character and deployment of state powers can shape the political economy of IT.1 This second issue offers case studies that expand upon the institutions traditionally taken up in business histories of computing, focusing on a range of organizational settings in which computing plays a part in the coordination and management of economic resources. The three featured articles address computing capitalisms in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States and explore how efforts to computerize work in a range of institutional settings—from hospitals, to banks, to psychological testing firms—triggered complex negotiations about labor, industry structure, and the role of scientific expertise in a corporate setting.

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Article Janet Toland (April-June 2021) Consortium Computing and Time Slicing in the Banking Sector: Databank Systems Ltd New Zealand. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (pp. 18-29). unapi

Article Theodora Vardouli; David Theodore (April-June 2021) Walking Instead of Working: Space Allocation, Automatic Architecture, and the Abstraction of Hospital Labor. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (pp. 6-17). unapi

Article Kira Lussier (April-June 2021) From Papers to Programs: Courts, Corporations, Clinics, and the Battle Over Computerized Psychological Testing. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (pp. 30-41). unapi

Article D. Kennedy; G. Con Diaz (2020) Introduction to Computing Capitalisms. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (pp. 5-10). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Cortada, James W.
Samuel E. Backer
Burt, William D.
Zakim, Michael
Wills, Jocelyn
Sheth, Sudev
Business History Review
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Railroad History
Technology and Culture
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
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Business history
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History of Computing
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Kolko, Gabriel
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
Early modern
Progressive Era (1890s-1920s)
United States
Indian Ocean
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Florence (Italy)
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