Social Shaping of Technology

ISBN-10: 0335199135

ISBN-13: 9780335199136

Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)

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Description: This edition of The Social Shaping of Technology looks at the way social context affects the development of technology. It also explores technology and gender, and asks if production technology is shaped by efficiency or by social control.

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Book details

List price: $53.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 6/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 462
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Editors' note
Preface to the second edition
Introductory essay and general issues
Introductory essay: the social shaping of technology
Do artifacts have politics?
Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium
Edison and electric light
Inventing personal computing
Constructing a bridge
Competing technologies and economic prediction
The social construction of technology
Redefining the social link: from baboons to humans
Caught in the wheels: the high cost of being a female cog in the male machinery of engineering
Making 'white' people white
The technology of production
Introduction
The watermill and feudal authority
The machine versus the worker
Technology and capitalist control
Social choice in machine design: the case of automatically controlled machine tools
The material of male power
What machines can't do: politics and technology in the industrial enterprise
Writers, texts and writing acts: gendered user images in word processing software
Learning by trying: the implementation of configurational technology
Working relations of technology production and use
Reproductive technology
Introduction
The industrial revolution in the home
A gendered socio-technical construction: the smart house
A woman's place: Dolores Hayden on the 'grand domestic revolution'
Inserting Grafenberg's IUD into the sex reform movement
The decline of the one-size-fits-all paradigm, or, how reproductive scientists try to cope with postmodernity
Military technology
Introduction
Cold war and white heat: the origins and meanings of packet switching
Manufacturing gender in military cockpit design
The American Army and the M-16 rifle
The Thor-Jupiter controversy
The weapons succession process
Theories of technology and the abolition of nuclear weapons
Bibliography
Index
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