Standardisation and social ordering: A change of perspective

Pablo Schyfter Camacho*

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Abstract / Description of output

This article examines standardisation in synthetic biology as a form of social coordination and ordering. I discuss standardisation by exploring what makes standards possible, and offer an understanding based on infrastructures: technical and social systems that support the existence and operation of accepted standards. By exploring the role of social infrastructures, I contend that standards depend upon social ordering: ways of arranging people in particular positions, relations, and hierarchies. I suggest that synthetic biologists ought to develop an awareness of these social orders, take responsibility for their creation, and accept accountability for their consequences, both technical and social.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalMètode Science Studies Journal
Early online date1 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • synthetic biology
  • standards
  • infrastructures
  • social orders
  • responsiblity


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