Social Issues in Technology

Social Issues in Technology : A Format for Investigation

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For courses covering Social Issues in Technology, Technology and Culture, Technological Anthropology, Technology and Ethics, or History of Technology, in technology, humanities, or social science departments.

Finely-focused on the technology-society connection, this unique text presents the methods and theories available for exploring the effects of technology on our lives-past, present, and future. It is designed as a primer to give investigators and students the necessary intellectual tools to begin their own research into the field.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 158.8 x 235 x 25.4mm | 512.57g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0130602574
  • 9780130602572

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The world is changing at an incredible rate. Most of these changes are taking place as the result of technological advances.

We have survived Y2K. We are on the verge of a communications revolution. We have mapped the human genome in its entirety. In the fourth edition of Social Issues in Technology, Paul Alcorn continues his systematic theme and provides the most up-to-date information concerning issues previously discussed. Chapter 4, Economics and Cultural Impetus, and Chapter 10, Catastrophic Theory: The Plague of Technological Complexity, have both been expanded. A new report on the effects of modernization on traditional Maasai societies in Tanzania and Kenya has been added.

Instructors who are using this book for a course should obtain the accompanying Instructor's Manual (ISBN: 0-13060258-2).
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Table of contents


1. Technology: A Natural Process.
2. Resistance to Change.
3. Creativity and Innovation: The Critical Link.
4. Economics and Cultural Impetus.
5. An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

6. The Cause and Effect of Technology and Society.
7. Modeling, Simulations, and Gaming.
8. Systems Behavior: The Universal Laws.
9. Diversity, Randomness, and Systemic Integrity.
10. Catastrophe Theory: The Plague of Technological Complexity.
11. The Systemic Models.

12. Prelude.
Appendix: Topics for Discussion and Analysis.
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