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    The distinction between technology and society is a fundamental starting point for today's contributions to the innovation debate. The reasons for these distinctions - as far as they are given at all - are hardly valid: the fundamental argument of the materiality of technology is not convincing when one asks about the concept of materiality or the resulting immateriality of society.
    The definition of non-technical innovations is therefore developed against the background of a concept of technology that is not based on reification. With the differentiation thus gained between technical and non-technical innovations, it becomes clear how technology and non-technology in social change refer to each other as translational forms in the production and dissolution of causal necessities in contingent social contexts.

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