Technology and Culture provides a comprehensive overview of anthropological and other theories examining the place of technology in culture, and the consequences of technology for cultural evolution. The book develops and contrasts anthropological discourse of technology and culture with humanistic and managerial views. It uses core anthropological concepts, including adaptation, evolution, totemic identity, and collective representations, to locate a broad variety of technologies, ancient and modern, in a context of shared understandings and misunderstandings. The author draws on his own experience as an auto mechanic, computer programmer, ethnographer, and aircraft pilot to demonstrate that technologies are cultural creations, encoding and accelerating the dreams and delusions of the societies that produce them.These themes become attractors, templates for subsequent innovators. ... combination of object, image, and identity may seem strange to outsiders, but to those on the insidea the members of a motorcycle club, for exampleaita#39;s who we are.
|Title||:||Technology and Culture|
|Author||:||Allen W. Batteau|
|Publisher||:||Waveland Press - 2009-06-09|