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Society and Technological Change

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Technology is a basic feature of all human societies. Virtually every aspect of our lives is affected by technology, while at the same time the development and use of particular technologies are strongly affected by cultural, social, political, and economic arrangements. Society and Technological Change provides a comprehensive introduction to the interactions of society and tec ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Worth Publishers (first published 1988)
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A. Volaticus
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one might open eyes.
What is technology? We seem to use the word now to mean, almost exclusively, consumer electronic devices of all sorts and how they are networked - or at the very least electronic enhancements to other systems. This can hardly be the case.

What is the difference between science and technology? How might we articulate that?
What is the relationship of technology to society? What is the difference between technology and society?

Why do any o
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I'm looking forward to winter so I can burn this book without feeling too bad.
Luisa Fowler
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this for a college course and it amazes me how technology has evolved.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
unjustified text made my eyes bleed
Jay Buckley
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Long words simple topics
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually pleasantly surprised, as this was the guiding text for a course I took. While the text is dry, it covers a lot of interesting material and connects all of the concepts.
Katie Reece
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Assigned it to my technology and society course. Most students enjoyed the conversations created by Volti's ideas. Evaluations of this book from my class were positive. I do realize this is not a leisure read, I wouldn't have read it without my job.
Hammad Ali
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Have this for a course I`m taking, responsible for many headaches. Might like it if you`re a techie and have a huge interest in society and technology but overall best to be avoided. ...more
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
read for a class. not bad if you are not a techie i guess. otherwise most of the information was kinda common sense. cant say i learned a bunch of stuff from it...
Oh, it has a 2.4 rating on GoodReads?!? I'm looking forward to this!!!!

Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Basic textbook intro to tech's effects on society.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it
school requirement - an informative book.
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Rudi Volti is Emeritus Professor Sociology at Pitzer College, where he taught courses on the sociology of work and occupations, economic sociology, technology and society, and complex organizations.