Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture” as Want to Read:
Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  5 reviews
To most people, technology has been reduced to computers, consumer goods, and military weapons; we speak of "technological progress" in terms of RAM and CD-ROMs and the flatness of our television screens. In Human-Built World, thankfully, Thomas Hughes restores to technology the conceptual richness and depth it deserves by chronicling the ideas about technology expressed b ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2004)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Human-Built World, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Human-Built World

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 121)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Luke Hughes
My father's last book. A summary of his theories of technology and its influence on human culture with a call to arms for the public to become enmeshed in technological decision making.
David Lamp
This is an important book for everyone who's been taken in by e social networking world like those of us in GoodReads. Hughes helps to paint the technology backdrop of the "human built world" in which we live. He begins with the first such world when coal-fired boilers created the Steam Age with its Industrial Revolution moving people to the sources of power and the machines that were run by it. This sense of power and control gave us the Victorian Age with its moralism, Utopianism, and mechanis ...more
Elizabeth
This was a lucid literature review that covered an incredibly long time period. Hughes clearly defines technology at the beginning and also talks about the relatively recent adoption of the term. He goes on to describe the major philosophical and theoretical trends that characterize ideas about technology, both idealistic and pessimistic, overtime. Despite the fact that he has to work incredibly synthetically, he does not shy away from delving into important detail or harping at others judgmenta ...more
Jim Stogdill
The money quote comes on the last page...

"A technologically literate public might reject technological determinism and accept the current social science argument that technology is malleable and subject to social control."

Meanwhile, in the world we live in, technological determinism remains the moral escape valve for any technology-driven outcome.
Carol
school requirement. This author really, really wants the term "human-built" to become part of the vernacular. It's used on every page. Not worth my time, in class or out.
Laura
Laura added it
Jul 13, 2015
Victor Avila
Victor Avila marked it as to-read
May 25, 2015
Janet Morris
Janet Morris marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2015
Rich
Rich marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2015
Hl Chen
Hl Chen marked it as to-read
Feb 10, 2015
Kelvin
Kelvin marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2015
Ray
Ray marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2014
Rt
Rt added it
Dec 20, 2014
Carrie
Carrie marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Janine
Janine marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2014
Bill Seitz
Bill Seitz marked it as to-read
Oct 02, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930 Rescuing Prometheus: Four Monumental Projects that Changed Our World Elmer Sperry; Inventor And Engineer

Share This Book