The Culture of Technology
By (author) Arnold Pacey
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Culture of Technology by Arnold Pacey
Book DescriptionThe Culture of Technology examines our often conflicting attitudes toward nuclear weapons, biological technologies, pollution, Third World development, automation, social medicine, and industrial decline. It disputes the common idea that technology is "value-free" and shows that its development and use are conditioned by many factors-political and cultural as well as economic and scientific. Many examples from a variety of cultures are presented. These range from the impact of snowmobiles in North America to the use of water pumps in rural India, and from homemade toys in Africa to electricity generation in Britain-all showing how the complex interaction of many influences in every community affects technological practice.Arnold Pacey, who lives near Oxford, England, has a degree in physics and has lectured on both the history of technology and technology policy, with a particular focus on the development of technologies appropriate to Third World needs. He is the author of The Maze of Ingenuity (MIT Press paperback).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262660563
(224mm x 147mm x 15mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1983
Country of Publication: United States
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Maze of Ingenuity, Paperback (March 1992)» View all books by Arnold Pacey
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Author Biography - Arnold Pacey
Arnold Pacey is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Britain. He is the author of The Culture of Technology (MIT Press, 1983), Technology and World Civilization (MIT Press, 1991), and The Maze of Ingenuity, second edition (MIT Press, 1992).
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