Transforming Technology

A Critical Theory Revisited

Author: Andrew Feenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198033400

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Thoroughly revised, this new edition of Critical Theory of Technology rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development. It contains materials on political theory, but the emphasis has shifted to reflect a growing interest in the fields of technology and cultural studies.

Critical Theory and the Thought of Andrew Feenberg

Author: Darrell P. Arnold,Andreas Michel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319578979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 332

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This volume explores Andrew Feenberg’s work in critical theory. Feenberg is considered one of the key ‘second generation’ critical theorists, with a keen interest in philosophy of technology. He has made a vital contribution to critical theory in ways that remain of interest given the pressing technological issues of our time. The authors of this book highlight not only the ways that Feenberg has begun to make good on what is often characterized as “the broken promise of critical theory” to address issues of technology, but also the continued importance of critical theory more generally, and of Feenberg’s contributions to understanding this tradition.

The SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research

Author: Sara Price,Carey Jewitt,Barry Brown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446287084

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 9109


Research on and with digital technologies is everywhere today. This timely, authoritative Handbook explores the issues of rapid technological development, social change, and the ubiquity of computing technologies which have become an integrated part of people's everyday lives. This is a comprehensive, up-to-date resource for the twenty-first century. It addresses the key aspects of research within the digital technology field and provides a clear framework for readers wanting to navigate the changeable currents of digital innovation. Main themes include: - Introduction to the field of contemporary digital technology research - New digital technologies: key characteristics and considerations - Research perspectives for digital technologies: theory and analysis - Environments and tools for digital research - Research challenges Aimed at a social science audience, it will be of particular value for postgraduate students, researchers and academics interested in research on digital technology, or using digital technology to undertake research.

Technology and Values

Essential Readings

Author: Craig Hanks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405149000

Category: Science

Page: 560

View: 3160


This anthology features essays and book excerpts on technology and values written by preeminent figures in the field from the early 20th century to the present. It offers an in-depth range of readings on important applied issues in technology as well. Useful in addressing questions on philosophy, sociology, and theory of technology Includes wide-ranging coverage on metaphysics, ethics, and politics, as well as issues relating to gender, biotechnology, everyday artifacts, and architecture A good supplemental text for courses on moral or political problems in which contemporary technology is a unit of focus An accessible and thought-provoking book for beginning and advanced undergraduates; yet also a helpful resource for graduate students and academics

Social theory and philosophy for information systems

Author: John Mingers,Leslie Willcocks

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780470851173

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 455

View: 3883


In recent years information systems has evolved from a discipline based primarily on positivist, statistically-oriented research into a more pluralist discipline that allows debates about research methodologies; consideration of a range of social theories and philosophies; and more critical analyses and understandings of alternative approaches. This book has the intention of broadening research within the IS field. It collects together into one volume new critical assessments of major social theorists, philosophers and currents of thought. Detailed coverage is given to: functionalism and neo-functionalism, phenomenology (Husserl and Heidegger), critical theory (Adorno and Habermas), hermeneutics, Foucault, Giddens, actor network theory, social shaping of technology, critical realism and complexity theory. The book provides a vital, accessible and critically authoritative narrative on the relevance of these modes of thinking to information systems research. Contributors include: Debra Howcroft, Minh Q. Huynh, Fernando M. Ilharco, Lucas D. Introna, Matthew Jones, Heinz K. Klein, Allen S. Lee, M. Lynne Markus, Yasmin Merali, John Mingers, Nathalie Mitev, Kamal Munir, Michael D. Myers, Wanda Orlikowski, Stephen K. Probert, Leslie P. Willcocks, Melanie Wilson.

Participatory Democracy, Science and Technology

An Exploration in the Philosophy of Science

Author: Karl Rogers

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230522060

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 2659


Taking insights from the philosophy of science and technology, theories of participatory democracy and Critical Theory, the author tackles and explores how democratic participation in scientific research and technological innovation could be possible, as a deliberative means of improving the rational basis for the development of modern society.

Alternative Modernity

The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory

Author: Andrew Feenberg

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520915701

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

View: 4266


In this new collection of essays, Andrew Feenberg argues that conflicts over the design and organization of the technical systems that structure our society shape deep choices for the future. A pioneer in the philosophy of technology, Feenberg demonstrates the continuing vitality of the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. He calls into question the anti-technological stance commonly associated with its theoretical legacy and argues that technology contains potentialities that could be developed as the basis for an alternative form of modern society. Feenberg's critical reflections on the ideas of Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-François Lyotard, and Kitaro Nishida shed new light on the philosophical study of technology and modernity. He contests the prevalent conception of technology as an unstoppable force responsive only to its own internal dynamic and politicizes the discussion of its social and cultural construction. This argument is substantiated in a series of compelling and well-grounded case studies. Through his exploration of science fiction and film, AIDS research, the French experience with the "information superhighway," and the Japanese reception of Western values, he demonstrates how technology, when subjected to public pressure and debate, can incorporate ethical and aesthetic values.

Information technology and indigenous people

Author: Laurel Evelyn Dyson,Max A. N. Hendriks,Stephen Grant

Publisher: Information Science Publishing

ISBN: 9781599042985

Category: Computers

Page: 346

View: 1659


"This book provides theoretical and empirical information related to the planning and execution of IT projects aimed at serving indigenous people. It explores cultural concerns with IT implementation, including language issues & questions of cultural appr

Technology and social power

Author: Graeme Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9781403947284

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

View: 9838


Technology is an increasingly important dimension of social life. This title discusses the impact of technology and science on our lives, exploring how power is demonstrated and reinforced by technological innovation.

Materiality and Society

Author: Tim Dant

Publisher: Open University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 6685


The traditional approach to culture focuses on the symbolicmeanings of objects rather than the impact that these objectshave on contemporary life. Using the car as a recurring theme,Tim Dant challenges the well-established idea that consumptionis the principal relationship with “things” in our lives andargues that it is through material interaction with the objectsaround us that we confront our society. Drawing on, and debating with, historical, philosophical, andtheoretical discourses that address materiality, this book is ofinterest to students and researchers in a variety of disciplines,including sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, andtechnology studies.