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Modernity and Technology : The MIT Press - Thomas J. Misa

Modernity and Technology

The MIT Press

By: Thomas J. Misa (Editor), Philip Brey (Editor), Andrew Feenberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th August 2004
ISBN: 9780262633109
Number Of Pages: 433
For Ages: 18+ years old

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If asked, most people would agree that there are deep connections between technology and the modern world, and even that technology is the truly distinctive feature of modernity. Until recently, however, there has been surprisingly little overlap between technology studies and modernity theory. The goal of this ambitious book is to lay the foundations for a new interdisciplinary field by closely examining the co-construction of technology and modernity.The book is divided into three parts. Part I lays the methodological groundwork for combining studies of technology and modernity, while integrating ideas drawn from feminism, critical theory, philosophy, sociology, and socioeconomics. Part II continues the methodological discussion, focusing on specific sociotechnical systems or technologies with prominent relations to modernity. Part III introduces practical and political issues by considering alternative modes of technology development and offering critiques of modern medicine, environmental technology, international development, and technology policy. The book as a whole suggests a broad research program that is both academic and applied and that will help us understand how contemporary societies can govern technologies instead of being governed by them.

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"An interesting and well-integrated collection that opens up the conceptual space for the understanding of the co-construction of modernity and technology." - Peter Beech, First Monday

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Workshop Participantsp. ix
The Compelling Tangle of Modernity and Technologyp. 1
Modernity Theory and Technology Studies
Theorizing Modernity and Technologyp. 33
Modernity Theory and Technology Studies: Reflections on Bridging the Gapp. 73
Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, and Technology Studiesp. 105
Technologies of Modernity
Modernity under Construction: Building the Internet in Trinidadp. 139
Surveillance Technology and Surveillance Societyp. 161
Infrastructure and Modernity: Force, Time, and Social Organization in the History of Sociotechnical Systemsp. 185
Creativity of Technology: An Origin of Modernity?p. 227
Changing Modernist Regimes
The Contested Rise of a Modernist Technology Politicsp. 257
Technology, Medicine, and Modernity: The Problem of Alternativesp. 279
The Environmental Transformation of the Modern Orderp. 303
Technology, Modernity, and Development: Creating Social Capabilities in a POLISp. 327
Modernity and Technology -- An Afterwordp. 359
Referencesp. 373
About the Authorsp. 409
Indexp. 413
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ISBN: 9780262633109
ISBN-10: 0262633108
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 433
Published: 20th August 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59