Technologies and Societies

Technologies and Societies : The Shaping of People and Things

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This text provides students with a realistic sense of the complexity of technology, of the vulnerability of those who must use and manage it, and of how society and technology can work together more more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 612.35g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0534136443
  • 9780534136444

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Part One: Introduction. The shaping of people and things. Part Two: Theory. Marx's theory of technology. the Ogburn generation. Recent theoretical approaches. Part Three: Originators & managers of technology. Inventors & inventions. Invention as a social process. the roles of designers in technology. Innovation: invention & institutions. The sponsership of technology. How sponsers evolve. Part Four: Users of technology. The technology/User interface. Adapting & tinkering. Technocological accidents. The distancing effects of technology. Part Five: Monitoring technology: shaping the present & the future. Social control of technologies. Technology assessment. Foresight & social intelligence. more

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