Technology, Culture and Development

Technology, Culture and Development

by James P. Scanlan
     
 

Although scholars have devoted much attention to the impact of technology on society, they have tended to slight the question of how technology is affected by social systems. The authors of this volume take precisely this approach in their examination of the "Soviet model" of development. The book surveys the history and current state of science and technology in the… See more details below

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Although scholars have devoted much attention to the impact of technology on society, they have tended to slight the question of how technology is affected by social systems. The authors of this volume take precisely this approach in their examination of the "Soviet model" of development. The book surveys the history and current state of science and technology in the USSR and its former satellites. It then looks at the economic environment for technological innovation and examines the impact of the "energy shock" in the transitional economies of the region. Finally, it discusses the ecological devastation of the USSR and Eastern Europe, its connection with the "Soviet model" and the prospects for remediation. The central argument of the book is that the cultural and social factors and the legacy of the Soviet model will inevitable figure in the reconstruction of the East.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873328920
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/30/1992
Pages:
200

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Contributors
The Fits and Starts of Russian and Soviet Technology3
Science and Technology as Panacea in Gorbachev's Russia25
Innovation Strategies in Centrally Planned and Transition Economies63
Science and Technology in Eastern Europe after the Flood: Rejoining the World95
Eastern Europe and the "Energy Shock" of 1990119
Ecology and Technology in the USSR149
Technology and the Environment in Eastern Europe171
Index199

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