New Worlds, New Technologies, New Issues

New Worlds, New Technologies, New Issues

by James A. Hijiya
     
 

In this volume, fifteen scholars from the United States, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Colombia discuss the social implications of new technologies. Their essays address the cultural worlds that crystallize around technologies, the challenges to democracy that they pose, and the responsibility of modern technology for forcing a public response to new social and moral issues… See more details below

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In this volume, fifteen scholars from the United States, Spain, Puerto Rico, and Colombia discuss the social implications of new technologies. Their essays address the cultural worlds that crystallize around technologies, the challenges to democracy that they pose, and the responsibility of modern technology for forcing a public response to new social and moral issues. Three themes define the three sections into which the volume is divided: "New Worlds," "New Technologies," and "New Issues." The essays in the section "New Worlds" range from optimism that new technologies will produce a better world than that of 1992, through a nonjudgmental discussion of the transformation of our "lifeworld" that new technologies are effecting, to deep concern for the viability of the world that modern technology has already created. In "New Technologies," the focus is on political responses to modern technologies. The authors in this section see the challenge to understanding and controlling our technological world in reshaping existing relations of social power and authority, and in creating new institutions more adequate to the sociopolitical realities of the process of technological innovation. While the contributors in the first two sections of the volume argue that broad changes in values and institutions are preconditions of a more beneficent relationship among people, nature, and technology, those in the section "New Issues" adopt narrower, more specific, viewpoints. Their essays address the political values underlying the Deep Ecology movement, the ethics of military technologies, the capacity of democratic institutions for a public role in setting technology policies, and science and technology literacy mechanisms. Collectively, these essays reflect the growing international concern with the role played by technological innovation in a rapidly changing world, and they point toward the formulation of concrete political platforms for informed social responses to the inn

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780934223249
Publisher:
Lehigh University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Series:
Research in Technology Studies Series, #6
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Introduction9
List of Contributors27
Pt. 1New Worlds
Introduction: Philosophy of Technology, or the Quest for a "Hominis ad Hominem ad Machinam Proportio"35
The Postmodern Economy40
The Culture of Risk: New Technologies and Old Worlds57
The New World of New Technology72
New Technologies/Old Cultures85
Pt. 2New Technologies and Political Responses to Them
Introduction: Technological and Cultural Change - Past, Present, and Future99
Culture and Technical Responsibility104
New Technologies and an Old Debate: Implications for Latin America117
The Nature of Global Processes132
No Innovation without Representation: Technological Action in a Democratic Society148
Pt. 3New Issues
Introduction: New Dimensions for Action163
Deep Ecology's Mode of "Technology Assessment"168
Science, Technology, and the Military186
Scientific and Technical Development in a Democratic Society: The Roles of Government and the Media205
Science and the People: Science Museums and Their Context220

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