The High Impact of Low Tech in Social Work

  • Torben Elgaard Jensen


Drawing on actor-network theory, this paper challenges the traditional analytical separation of the socalled social and the so-called technical. First, observational data of an interactional event between a social worker and a client is introduced. Second, the techno-social heterogeneity of the event is elucidated through an analysis based on the concept of translation. Third, the precarious and temporary natures of the techno-social hybrids are discussed through the concept of performance. Finally, the techno-social is proposed as a new object for social science.

Author Biography

Torben Elgaard Jensen
Research Librarian State and University Library
How to Cite
Jensen, T. (1). The High Impact of Low Tech in Social Work. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 3(1), 81-87. Retrieved from