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Technology permeates almost every dimension of our lives. But who controls technological development? Can technology cause social inequality? And how will technology continue to affect lives in the digital era? Technology and Social Power provides a fresh examination of the role of technology in our society. Bringing together critical, classical and contemporary social theories, it fully examines everything you need to know about the sociology of technology. From the invention of the modern toothbrush to the design of Google, the book uses relevant examples to give useful insights into the social dimension of everyday technology. With clear definitions of key terms alongside a well-balanced approach to the most important empirical and theoretical work in the field, this book provides a clear and thorough account of the subject. Making complex ideas accessible, it is invaluable reading for all students seeking to understand the role of technology in our society today, and its likely impact in the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403947284
ISBN-10: 1403947287
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 26-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Graeme Kirkpatrick

GRAEME KIRKPATRICK is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. He has published articles on technology and society in a variety of journals. His co-edited volume, Historical Materialism and Social Evolution, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003. He is also author of Critical Technology, which won the 2005 Philip Abrams Prize from the British Sociological Association

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