Technology and culture /

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Author / Creator:Batteau, Allen, 1946-
Imprint:Long Grove, Ill. : Waveland Press, c2010.
Description:x, 148 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subject:Technology -- Social aspects.
Technology assessment.
Technology assessment.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 133-141) and index.
Summary:"Technology and Culture provides a comprehensive overview of anthropological and other theories examining the place of technology in culture, and the consequences of technology for cultural evolution. The book develops and contrasts anthropological discourse of technology and culture with humanistic and managerial views. It uses core anthropological concepts, including adaptation, evolution, totemic identity, and collective representations, to locate a board variety of technologies, ancient and modern, in a context of shared understandings and misunderstandings. The author draws on his own experience as an auto mechanic, computer programmer, ethnographer and aircraft pilot to demonstrate that technologies are cultural creations, encoding and accelerating the dreams and delusions of the societies that produce them."--BOOK JACKET.
Standard no.:40017028722
Table of Contents:
  • Tools, technologies, and cultural evolution
  • The invention of modern technology
  • An endless frontier
  • Technology stumbles
  • The huma factor
  • Technoscience versus culture
  • Cultures of technology
  • Technology for culture.