“Digitalization as “an Agent of Social Change” in a Supermarket Chain: Applying Blumer’s Theory of Industrialization in Contemporary Society” by Dirk vom Lehn (@dirkvl) https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.502 cc @sociologylens

Over the past two decades or so, the media have discussed how modern society is impacted by ‘digitalization’. It is argued that the deployment of emerging digital technology is changes how we live and work and build relationships with each other. In his article “Digitalization as “an Agent of Social Change” in a Supermarket Chain: Applying Blumer’s Theory of Industrialization in Contemporary Society” relativizes this argument by highlighting the interpretive processes that underlie the deployment of new technology in a supermarket chain. Through an analysis of oral history interviews, vom Lehn shows that particular interpretations of digital technology by managers and other staff influenced changes to the ecological and material arrangement of the company and required managers and staff to acquire knowledge and skills for their work.

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