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Modernity and Technology

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Modernity and Technology, 9780262134217 (0262134217), MIT Press, 2003
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"An interesting and well-integrated collection..." -- Peter Beech, First Monday

Reconstruction (2004 4#2)
Modernity and Technology succeeds in opening up a much needed dialog, and in inspiring curiosity for scholars on both sides.

British Journal of Sociology Vol. No. 54 Issue No. 4 (December 2003) pp. 593–608
The book is well written, thoughtful and persuasive.

If asked, most people would agree that there are deep connections between technology and the modern world, and even that technology is the truly distinctive feature of modernity. Until recently, however, there has been surprisingly little overlap between technology studies and modernity theory. The goal of this ambitious book is to lay the foundations for a new interdisciplinary field by closely examining the co-construction of technology and modernity.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I lays the methodological groundwork for combining studies of technology and modernity, while integrating ideas drawn from feminism, critical theory, philosophy, sociology, and socioeconomics. Part II continues the methodological discussion, focusing on specific sociotechnical systems or technologies with prominent relations to modernity. Part III introduces practical and political issues by considering alternative modes of technology development and offering critiques of modern medicine, environmental technology, international development, and technology policy. The book as a whole suggests a broad research program that is both academic and applied and that will help us understand how contemporary societies can govern technologies instead of being governed by them.

Lays the foundations for a new interdisciplinary field by closely examining the co-construction of technology and modernity.

"Modernity and Technology is an examplar of innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship. The book is bold yet accessible, and it takes on the big questions at the heart of both modernity theory and technology studies. The mix of social theory and empirical research makes it the most important contribution to technology studies of the past fifteen years." -- Eric Schatzberg

About the Author
Thomas J. Misa is Associate Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology. Philip Brey is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Andrew Feenberg is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy in the School of Communications at Simon Fraser University.
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