Modernity and Technology

Modernity and Technology

by Thomas J. Misa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262633108

ISBN-13: 9780262633109

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

If asked, most people would agree that there are deep connections between technology and the modern world, and even that technology is the truly distinctive feature of modernity. Until recently, however, there has been surprisingly little overlap between technology studies and modernity theory. The goal of this ambitious book is to lay the foundations for a new

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If asked, most people would agree that there are deep connections between technology and the modern world, and even that technology is the truly distinctive feature of modernity. Until recently, however, there has been surprisingly little overlap between technology studies and modernity theory. The goal of this ambitious book is to lay the foundations for a new interdisciplinary field by closely examining the co-construction of technology and modernity.The book is divided into three parts. Part I lays the methodological groundwork for combining studies of technology and modernity, while integrating ideas drawn from feminism, critical theory, philosophy, sociology, and socioeconomics. Part II continues the methodological discussion, focusing on specific sociotechnical systems or technologies with prominent relations to modernity. Part III introduces practical and political issues by considering alternative modes of technology development and offering critiques of modern medicine, environmental technology, international development, and technology policy. The book as a whole suggests a broad research program that is both academic and applied and that will help us understand how contemporary societies can govern technologies instead of being governed by them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262633109
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
433
Sales rank:
1,227,755
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Workshop Participants
1The Compelling Tangle of Modernity and Technology1
2Theorizing Modernity and Technology33
3Modernity Theory and Technology Studies: Reflections on Bridging the Gap73
4Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, and Technology Studies105
5Modernity under Construction: Building the Internet in Trinidad139
6Surveillance Technology and Surveillance Society161
7Infrastructure and Modernity: Force, Time, and Social Organization in the History of Sociotechnical Systems185
8Creativity of Technology: An Origin of Modernity?227
9The Contested Rise of a Modernist Technology Politics257
10Technology, Medicine, and Modernity: The Problem of Alternatives279
11The Environmental Transformation of the Modern Order303
12Technology, Modernity, and Development: Creating Social Capabilities in a POLIS327
13Modernity and Technology - An Afterword359
References373
About the Authors409
Index413

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