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The 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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"The Culture of Technology is a calm and thoughtful study, without a shred of rancor or self-righteousness." The New York Times Book Review

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" The Culture of Technology is a calm and thoughtful study, without a shred of rancor or self-righteousness." The New York Times
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"Whatever one's preconceptions about technology may be, they are sure to be challenged in this absorbing book." Samuel C. Florman , author of The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

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"Whatever one"s preconceptions about technology may be, they are sure to be challenged in this absorbing book." Samuel C. Florman , author of The Existential Pleasures of Engineering

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262660563
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/1985
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Pacey is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University,Britain. He is the author of The Culture of Technology (MITPress, 1983),
Technology and World Civilization (MIT Press,1991), and
The Maze of Ingenuity, second edition (MIT Press,1992).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    a great book in great prices

    The Culture of Technology is an applicative materials filled book written by Arnold Pacey who has degree in physics and is a lecturer history of technology and technology policy. Arnold Pacey has been successful delivering packs of materials which is complex and might be difficult to understand if it¿s not delivered by Pacey. This book gives us different viewpoints to see the uses of technology and its development. This book also shows that the technology is developed through many aspects such as culture, politic and social issues. What makes this book interesting is this book tells the detail about how those aspects which is seems not directly related to technology development is surprisingly play a great role on it. This book also tell us that the technology is not value-free just like the early scientist told us, technology possess values such as virtuosity, economic, and needs values. Further and clear explanation is elaborated by Pacey in this book that makes us understand that technology is NOT value-free. From the way of delivering the materials, i enjoy so much reading this book, beside of its interesting materials, Arnold makes me overjoyed reading this book that I¿ve no idea that I¿ve ended up in the last page of the book. This book is not too expensive if compared to titles such as Media Now and New Communication Technology, that makes another plus for this book, I think. What I really want to say is this book has been such a helping hand for me and for us to understand more about technology and that what makes me recommend to all of you buying this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    A good context for understanding the culture of technology

    This book was an eye opener for me because I had never realized how technology advancement could become a huge part of people's everyday existence. He explains how different cultures view technology such as nuclear weapons, biological, pollution, medicine and industry. It showed how water pumps in India allowed for different methods of farming, and therefore changed the culture because they were now able to grow crops anywhere in the country, instead of just near water. How the invention of snowmobiles allowed for a faster method of transportation across cold climates and how it changed the way people work in Canada and Alaska. Pacey illustrates how complex technology is clashed with culture and values. But it is not only that matter because Political and social issues also effect how technology is developed. The book goes into detail about how political, social, cultural and economics play a key role in the developing, and implementing technology. Another thing that I like from this book is that Pacey is generally fair and objective and is not a technology basher. I think that this book is important because it provides a good scheme for analyzing the different values that different groups of people have relative to problem solving through the application of technology. I would recommend this book to technology professionals or anyone with the desire to see the impact of the scientific advances that have occurred in the last century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    The Way Technology Shape Culture

    The Culture of Technology, a book by Arnold Pacey, examines integrated viewpoints about the development of technology, the use of technology, and the effect of technology. The book provides different viewpoints of technology related to different culture. Arnold Pacey shows us the complexity relationship of technology with culture and values. Technology is quite powerful to change cultures and society behavior. The book states several issues which are effected the development of technology. Political, economic, social, and cultural issues play a key role on the developing technology. Furthermore, I can simply state that, ¿We shape our technologies and they in turn shape our life.¿ I highly recommended this book for students and professionals who want to know about technology effects on society and it issues. The culture of Technology is filled with many cause-and-effect facts that are fun to read.

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