Social Issues in Technology A Format for Investigation

ISBN-10: 0130602574
ISBN-13: 9780130602572
Edition: 4th 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Paul A. Alcorn
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List price: $200.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/16/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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 livespast, 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.

Steve Wright is a Research Fellow in the School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University.Steve Wright is a Research Fellow in the School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University.

The Nature of Technology: Foundations
Technology: A Natural Process
The Evolutionary Process
Genetics and Evolution
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Resistance to Change
The Gregorian Calendar
Countercultures
Sources of Technological Homeostasis
He Roots of Resistance
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
The Printing Press and Its Consequences
Creativity and Innovation: The Critical Link
The Roots of Creativity
Motivation
Cultural Impetus: A Comparison of Oriental and Occidental Approaches
The Scientific Method
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Economics and Cultural Impetus
Capitalism: The Traditional Approach
Capitalism and Technology: The Modern Approach
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
The Historical Perspective of Roman Engineering and City Planning
Urban Life in Rome
City Planning
Tools of the Romans
The Future Results of Ancient City Planning
The Effects of Modernization and Conservation Efforts on the Maasai of Tanzania and Kenya
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Thomas Malthus and the Malthusian Proposition
Sinusoidal Curves: The General Case
The Exploitation and Acceptance of Technology
Technology Whose Time Has Come
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Television and Cultural Change
Methods of Study
The Cause and Effect of Technology and Society
Cause and Effect: The Roots of Prediction
Ripples in a Pool
Systems and Systems Analysis
Historical Applications of the Systems Approach
Technology and the Systemic Approach
Conclusion
Example of Systems Approach in Use
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Modeling, Simulations, and Gaming
Forms of Models
The Modeling Process
Mathematical Simplicity
Gaming and Simulation
Simulation Design and Construction
Cause and Effect: One, Two, Three
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Systems Behavior: The Universal Laws
The Three Laws of Systems Behavior
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Diversity, Randomness, and Systemic Integrity
Systems Theory and Chaos
Chaos Theory and Dynamic Balance
Predicting Randomness
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
Catastrophe Theory: The Plague of Technological Complexity
The Principle of Unintended Consequences
Catastrophe Theory
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
The Systemic Models
General Categorical Model
The Persia Concept
The Anthropological Model
Conclusion
Key Terms
Review Questions
Essay Questions
Thought and Process
World War II: Technologies and Social Implications
Solar Energy and Its Social Consequences
Dear Parents, Acquaintances, and Relatives
Conclusion
Prelude
Topics for Discussion and Analysis
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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