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The culture of technology

Pacey states that many people just focus on the restricted form of technology, or the technological aspects of technology practice: Common terms and phrases achieved agriculture approach argued arms race Arnold Pacey aspects attitudes basic Britain British cancer cathedrals CEGB chapter concept concerned conventional Cotgrove creativity cultural revolution discussed electricity equipment example expert sphere factory figure Florman goals Gwatkin hand-pumps high technology human ideas imperatives industry innovation institutions interaction interest invention involved issues J.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The Culture of Expertise. On the other hand the technical aspects and basic knowledge of technology is universal. The Culture of Technology examines our often conflicting attitudes toward nuclear weapons, biological technologies, pollution, Third World development, automation, social medicine, and industrial arold.

The culture of technology

Women and Wider Values. It tue the cultural aspects of technology. Mr WordPress on Hello world! Imperatives and Creative Culture. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Pacey then uses the first chapter to explain to us the errors this definition. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: So we can use the basic knowledge of technology to affect and change the practices of technology in specific cultures and contexts.

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This reinforces the determinist impression of technical advance. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Notify me of new comments via email.


Pacey shows us that there are different levels in od definition of technology and that their needs to be some consistency when talking about them. This seems to be a linear view or progress that shows only restricted technology verses the context of innovation which is all of technology-practice. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Another term to think about is technological virtuosity or the way technical creativity may be pursued as a goal in arnol own right.

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It disputes the common idea that technology is “value-free” pscey shows that its development and use The problem with this is that it creates tunnel vision.

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It disputes the common idea that technology is “value-free” and shows that its development and use are conditioned by many factors-political and cultural as well as economic and scientific. Email required Address never made public.

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Paceys use of tunnel vision reminds me of an article that I read in Literacy and Learning last semester.

At first glance most people associate technology with values such as rationality and efficiency. People like to create astonishing technological achievements because of the aesthetic pleasure it brings them, the technology enlarges their human capability and they get joy out of mastering technology. Organizational development can lead to new technology, or technology development can influence social change, things can be made for one reason but have other influences.


Many examples from a variety of cultures are presented. The technological imperative is partly an expression of personal values and experiences.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. These cultural archetypes become a transcendental goal, disguise political aim and celebrate the human drive and creativity behind successful innovation. These range from the impact of snowmobiles in North America to the use of water pumps in rural India, and from homemade toys in Africa to electricity generation in Britain-all showing how the complex interaction of many influences in every community affects technological practice.

This type of viewpoint also leads society to view technology as an unstoppable force, leaving us less room for choice. Galbraith Kerala knowledge L. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy S. He starts out by defining technology in the way that it is usually seen today.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Arnold Pacey, who lives near Oxford, England, has a degree in physics and has lectured on both the history of technology and technology policy, with a particular focus on the development of technologies appropriate to Third World needs.

In Chapter two, Pacey begins by identifying progress in a linear pattern that only takes into account technological inventions.