“Everyone is a social theorist; the fact that you are reading this text is an example of your expertise at negotiating the social world of schools, learning, and reading. Very simply, a social theorist is what you are when you move through your everyday/everynight world figuring out what others are doing around you, with you and to you. Social theory is a basic survival skill that you turn to in order to buy food, go to class, greet someone, and make a friend. This sort of everyday/everynight (folk) social theory is put in use without the self-consciousness of a professional social theorist. As professional social theorists, we name and talk about the hidden aspects of social life that are often labeled mundane and unimportant. . . . Understanding our world, our knowledge, and our artifacts as situated collectively and historically enables us to explore un-articulated ideas and concepts, challenge pre-existing notions, begin dialogs, make changes, shift power, and alter perspectives.”

–From Wanda K. Bauchspies, Jennifer Croissant, and Sal Restivo. 2006. Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, p. ix.