Technoculture

Technoculture

by Debra Benita Shaw
ISBN-10:
1845202988
ISBN-13:
2901845202988
Pub. Date:
09/02/2008
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
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Overview

Technoculture

We live in a world where science and technology shape the global economy and everyday culture, where new biotechnologies are changing what we eat and how we can reproduce, and where email, mobiles and the internet have revolutionized the ways we communicate with each other and engage with the world outside us.

Technoculture: The Key Concepts explores the power of scientific ideas, their impact on how we understand the natural world and how successive technological developments have influenced our attitudes to work, art, space, language and the human body.

Throughout, the lively discussion of ideas is illustrated with provocative case studies - from biotech foods to life-support systems, from the Walkman and iPod to sex and cloning, from video games to military hardware. Designed to be both provocative and instructive, Technoculture: The Key Concepts outlines the place of science and technology in today's culture.

About the Author:
Debra Benita Shaw is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London and is author of Women, Science and Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901845202988
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Key Concepts Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Technology and Social Realities     1
Machines and Modernity     6
Fordism     8
Marxism     11
Technology and Ontology     14
The Culture Industry     17
Spectacular Culture     21
Hyperreality     23
Information Technology, Networks and Globalization     24
Technocapitalism     26
Network Society     27
Global Village     31
Surveillance and Security     35
Chapter Summary     41
Technoscience and Power     43
Social Darwinism     44
Scientific Objectivity     46
Kuhnian Paradigms     48
Power/Knowledge     50
Truth and Embushelment     54
Chapter Summary     62
TechnoNature/Culture     63
Romanticism     66
Actor Network Theory     68
Haraway's Monsters     71
Chapter Summary     79
TechnoBodies     81
Disciplined Bodies     82
Discursive Bodies     83
Marked Bodies     85
Taxonomy and theGenome     87
Cybernetics     89
Abjection and Autopoiesis     92
Cyborg Bodies     93
Chapter Summary     101
TechnoSpaces     103
The Right Stuff     104
Outer Space and the Wilderness     105
Simulated Space     108
Simulacra     110
Everyday Space     112
Abstract Space     113
Cyberspace     115
Virtual War     117
Chapter Summary     123
TechnoAesthetics     125
Futurism     126
Mechanical Reproduction     127
The Aura     129
Ideology and Aesthetics     131
Psychotechnology     133
Pre-Digested Culture     135
Pop Art     136
Industrial Music     138
Machine Aesthetics     139
Chapter Summary     145
TechnoLinguistics     147
Semiotics     147
Myth     149
Technological Rationality     150
Scientism     152
Technology and Literacy     154
Incorporated Practices     156
Play Back and Spontaneity     158
Deconstruction     160
Chapter Summary     168
Conclusion     169
Glossary     173
Questions for Essays and Class Discussion     177
Notes     179
Annotated Guide for Further Reading     185
Filmography     187
References     189
Index     199

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