Visions As Socio-Epistemic Practices – a Concept to Analyse the Effects of Visions
The contribution develops a theoretical-methodological concept to make such effects of visions analysable. In it, visions are conceptualised as socio-epistemic practices that are constitutive in social processes because they enable productions of new knowledge and new sociotechnical arrangements. Based on different examples – such as smart grid, Big Data and open source digital fabrication – the contribution proposes a typology which enables an assessment of the efficacy of visions in practices in different fields and phases of innovation and transformation processes. This concept shall enable the production of knowledge for TA practices, e.g. policy advice, about the efficacy of visions in processes which other established approaches with their focus on visionary ideas beyond their contexts of practice cannot deliver. Furthermore, through the perspective of the concept even TA becomes visible for reflection as a socio-epistemic practice in processes which influences visions.