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Julian E. Orr is an anthropologist.He worked at Xerox PARC, has raised sheep, and is an active member of thesanghaat Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.


"Orr's volume proves a rewarding read, one that underlines the importance of understanding the complex interactions of machines and humans, technology and culture in the twentieth-century workplace."-Amy Sue Bix, Technology and Culture "This book should be of value to anyone interested in studies of work practice, and to those who study technical work in particular."-Bonalyn J. Nelsen, Industrial and Labor Relations Review "How ironic, at an historic moment when technology has assumed a taken-for-granted status in the workplace, that scholarship on organizations, work, and technology has only recently begun to find its feet. With this splendid ethnography of work practices by technicians who service photocopy machines, Julian Orr has made a major incursion into this territory, producing a volume that bridges disciplinary boundaries by joining the literature of organizations, occupations, and work with that of science and technology studies."-Diane Vaughn, Administrative Science Quarterly

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