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A Social History of American Technology

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  • Cowan, Ruth Schwartz

    (State University of New York at Stony Brook)

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A Social History of American Technology is a textbook survey of American technology from the early seventeenth century to the present. The concept of technological systems is used as a unifying theme to demonstrate the notion that technological change is neither sudden nor discontinuous, but is always closely related to social developments which determine both the kinds of tools developed and the ways in which they are utilized. Cowan demonstrates that the way in which Americans have viewed technology has been as important as the scientific developments themselves, and in a fascinating final chapter she examines the vast social implications of recent technological developments such as atomic energy, birth control, genetic engineering and personal computers, and the ways in which they are causing changes in America's political, social and economic structure.

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  • Cowan, Ruth Schwartz, 1997. "A Social History of American Technology," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195046052.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195046052
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