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Paperback | $22.00 Short | £15.95 | ISBN: 9780262660563 | 220 pp. | 5.8 x 8.8 in | September 1985

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The Culture of Technology


The Culture of Technology examines our often conflicting attitudes toward nuclear weapons, biological technologies, pollution, Third World development, automation, social medicine, and industrial decline. It disputes the common idea that technology is "value-free" and shows that its development and use are conditioned by many factors-political and cultural as well as economic and scientific. Many examples from a variety of cultures are presented. These range from the impact of snowmobiles in North America to the use of water pumps in rural India, and from homemade toys in Africa to electricity generation in Britain-all showing how the complex interaction of many influences in every community affects technological practice.

About the Author

Arnold Pacey is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Britain. He is the author of The Culture of Technology (MIT Press, 1983), Technology and World Civilization (MIT Press, 1991), and The Maze of Ingenuity, second edition (MIT Press, 1992).


"The Culture of Technology is a calm and thoughtful study, without a shred of rancor or self-righteousness."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Whatever one's preconceptions about technology may be, they are sure to be challenged in this absorbing book."
- Samuel C. Florman, author of The Existential Pleasures of Engineering