Introduction to Part II: Primary Focus—Cultural Tools: Sigrid Norris
Cultural tools (or mediational means) mediate a social actor’s actions. The most widely recognized cultural tools are new-media technologies. However, these are not the only mediational means that mediate our everyday actions. Cultural tools are also such mundane things as our hands and arms when we gesture, the language we use when we converse and even the thoughts we have that allow us to act. Part II of this book comprises chapters that all investigate cultural tools. In order to explain how I use the term cultural tool, I will take the fi rst chapter (Chapter 10) of Part II as my example.