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Goals in Space: American Values and the Future of Technology
     

Goals in Space: American Values and the Future of Technology

by William Sims Bainbridge
 

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Goals in Space draws upon a detailed sample of 4,000 Americans to discover what values this society attaches to the space program. Systematic survey procedures identify 125 specific goals of the space program, and Bainbridge examines how these represent the perceived general values of spaceflight, including economic, industrial, environmental, social, spiritual,

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Goals in Space draws upon a detailed sample of 4,000 Americans to discover what values this society attaches to the space program. Systematic survey procedures identify 125 specific goals of the space program, and Bainbridge examines how these represent the perceived general values of spaceflight, including economic, industrial, environmental, social, spiritual, emotional, and military benefits. While the most popular justifications for spaceflight offered immediate gain for the current society, many Americans have a clear image of the revolutionary transformations that spaceflight may accomplish in the long run, notably colonization of the solar system. The findings of this study clarify the ideological bases for space technology and set the terms for the future debate on investment in space exploration.

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“This book is not merely about ‘goals in space:’ It is really a much broader work than that. It sets a fine example of the way in which research should be done on public opinion concerning policy issues and especially concerning those policy issues which give rise to social movements. Bainbridge has developed a highly innovative and creative approach, analyzing the space movement within the same general frame of reference commonly used in the analysis of social movements of other kinds, and using survey research methods in a somewhat unusual way to illuminate the character and the social context of an elite social movement." — Maurice N. Richter, Jr., State University of New York at Albany
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Bainbridge (sociology and anthropology, Towson State U.) reports on his survey of 4,000 Americans about the value they attach to the space program. He finds that although most people see the program benefiting society immediately, some see the long-range possibilities promised by science fiction. A good reference for anyone looking for the surest arguments to get public support for space exploration. Paper edition available (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791406151
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1991
Pages:
268

Meet the Author

William Sims Bainbridge is Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthroplogy at Towson State University. Goals in Space is his ninth book and his third on the space program.

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