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From the Publisher"Technology and Social Agency is the most provocative andsignificant book on the relationship between the material world andthe human condition to appear in anthropology since Leslie A.White's The Evolution of Culture (1959). Unlike its polemicpredecessor, however, Technology and Social Agency avoidsinstrumental determinism and establishes the challengingalternative of technology as a total social fact centered aroundindividual human beings in meaningful communities of culturalpractice. In reaffirming the human and social dimensions of alltechnological practice and technique, Marcia-Anne Dobresestablishes instead the role of material items in all socialdiscourse and social reproduction. As a poetic manifesto fortechnology and human action Technology and Social Agencywill be a flash point of intelligent debate of these issues for thenext decade, and perhaps beyond." Professor John Edward Clark,Brigham Young University.
"The true value of this book is that it has brought together awide range of previous work on technolgy. It is a well-referenceddiscussion of a significant trend in technological studies, an areaof study to which Dobres herself has made a major contribution. Ihope Dobres will continue to make a significant contribution tothese debates." Bill Sillar, University College London, forAntiquity 2003
"I found the book a thorougly researched and well-argued exampleof an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together ideas fromphenomenological philosphy,the sociology of technology and scienceand from material culture debates within British and AmericanAnthropology ... a well informed work that is both highlyinnovative and challenging." Cambridge Anthropology