From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism
By (author) Steven E. Jones
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Against Technology by Steven E. Jones
Book DescriptionThis book addresses the question of what it might mean today to be a Luddite--that is, to take a stand against technology. Steven Jones here explains the history of the Luddites, British textile works who, from around 1811, proclaimed themselves followers of "Ned Ludd" and smashed machinery they saw as threatening their trade. Against Technology is not a history of the Luddites, but a history of an idea: how the activities of a group of British workers in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire came to stand for a global anti-technology philosophy, and how an anonymous collective movement came to be identified with an individualistic personal conviction. Angry textile workers in the early nineteenth century became romantic symbols of a desire for a simple life--certainly not the original goal of the actions for which they became famous. Against Technology is, in other words, a book about representations, about the image and the myth of the Luddites and how that myth was transformed over time into modern neo-Luddism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415978682
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Steven E. Jones
Steven E. Jones is Professor of English at Loyola University, Chicago. He is author of Satire and Romanticism and editor of The Satiric Eye.
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