The Heteregeneous Engineering of Internet Crime

Sameer Hinduja, Michigan State University

From the sociology of science and technology comes actor-network theory, which views any phenomenon as the product or effect of a patterned network of hetergeneous elements. This thought piece applies such a paradigmatic perspective to the phenomenon of Internet crime, in an attempt to underscore the relevance of all studying and analyzing each component that make up the "social" reality of illegal behavior. The social, as well as the technical, organizational, contextual, and perceptual merit attention and response if progress is to be made in understanding the etiology of novel forms of deviance birthed from the union of communications and computers, and in developing competent policy to stem their tide.

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Updated 05/20/2006