A Companion to American Technology / Edition 1

A Companion to American Technology / Edition 1

by Carroll Pursell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405179945

ISBN-13: 9781405179942

Pub. Date: 06/16/2008

Publisher: Wiley

A Companion to American Technology is a groundbreaking collection of original essays that analyze the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in America. Taking a broadly historiographical approach, twenty-one leading scholars explore important features of American technology, including developments in automobiles, television, and computing.

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A Companion to American Technology is a groundbreaking collection of original essays that analyze the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in America. Taking a broadly historiographical approach, twenty-one leading scholars explore important features of American technology, including developments in automobiles, television, and computing. They also examine the ways in which technologies are organized in, for instance, the engineering profession, government, medicine and agriculture, and analyze how technologies interact with race, gender, class, and other comparable categories in American society.

Scholars of American technology, as well as students, journalists, and general readers will find this a compelling, fascinating look at America’s machinery, industry, and technophilic culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405179942
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Carroll Pursell

PART I BEGINNINGS

1 Technology in Colonial North America 9
Robert B. Gordon

2 The American Industrial Revolution 31
James C. Williams

PART II SITES OF PRODUCTION

3 The Technology of Production 55
Carroll Pursell

4 Technology and Agriculture in Twentieth-Century America 69
Deborah Fitzgerald

5 House and Home 83
Gail Cooper

6 The City and Technology 97
Joel A. Tarr

7 Technology and the Environment 113
Betsy Mendelsohn

8 Government and Technology 132
Carroll Pursell

9 Medicine and Technology 156
James M. Edmonson

PART III SITES OF CONTEST

10 The North American “Body–Machine” Complex 179
Chris Hables Gray

11 Gender and Technology 199
Rebecca Herzig

12 Labor and Technology 212
Arwen P. Mohun

PART IV TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

13 The Automotive Transportation System: Cars and Highways in Twentieth-Century America 233
Bruce E. Seely

14 Airplanes 255
Roger E. Bilstein

15 Technology in Space 275
Roger D. Launius

16 Nuclear Technology 298
M. Joshua Silverman

17 Television 321
Douglas Gomery

18 Computers and the Internet: Braiding Irony, Paradox, and Possibility 340
Jeffrey R. Yost

PART V PRODUCING AND READING TECHNOLOGICAL CULTURE

19 The Profession of Engineering in America 363
Bruce Sinclair

20 Popular Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century 385
Molly W. Berger

21 Art and Technology 406
Henry Adams

22 Critics of Technology 429
David E. Nye

Index 453

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