1. Maarten Derksen & Anne Beaulieu (2011). Social Technology. In Ian Jarvie & Jesus Zamora-Bonilla (eds.), Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. Sage. 703--719.
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  2. Maarten Derksen (2010). People as Scientific Instruments. Spontaneous Generations 4 (1):21-29.
    People are common instruments in the social sciences. They may act as experimenter, receiving and instructing the participants; they may be a stooge, a confederate of the experimenter who is part of the experimental manipulation; they may function as raters of their own personality or that of others; or they may conduct interviews and do observations. In most social scientific research, people are necessary to elicit, record, or measure the phenomena under study. They are an essential instrument in most social (...)
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  3. Maarten Derksen (2001). Discipline, Subjectivity and Personality: An Analysis of the Manuals of Four Psychological Tests. History of the Human Sciences 14 (1):25-47.
    The administration of psychological tests is highly regulated. Test manuals prescribe the instructions to the test subject, the time the test should take, where it should take place, whether and how the test administrator should answer questions from the test subject, and other aspects of the testing situation. Through the manual, the behaviour of test administrator and test subject is disciplined so that the subject may become measurable. The manuals of four tests are analysed, and the disciplinary mechanisms that operate (...)
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