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Against the machine : the hidden Luddite tradition in literature, art, and individual lives

Author: Nicols Fox
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2002.
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In this timely and incisive work, Nicols Fox examines contemporary resistance to technology and places it in a surprising historical context. She brilliantly illuminates the rich but oftentimes unrecognized literary and philosophical tradition that has existed for nearly two centuries, since the first Luddites lifted their sledgehammers in protest against the Industrial Revolution.

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Journalist Fox points out that when the followers of Ned Ludd took arms against mechanical weaving machines in 1811, it was not technology they fought against, but the use of that technology to destroy their lives and communities. They did not invent the notion, she says, and it did not die when the military dispersed its champions. She finds it, hidden and disguised as Luddites must be, in high and low places of Anglophone culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

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In this timely and incisive work, Fox examines contemporary resistance to technology and places it in a surprising historical context. She brilliantly illuminates the rich but oftentimes unrecognized literary and philosophical tradition that has existed for nearly two centuries, since the first Luddites--the "machine-breaking" followers of the mythical Ned Ludd--lifted their sledgehammers in protest against the Industrial Revolution.  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fox, Nicols.
Against the machine.
Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2002
(OCoLC)606903887
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicols Fox
ISBN: 1559638605 9781559638609
OCLC Number: 50096808
Description: xvii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Kellams and their island --
The frame breakers --
Romantic inclinations --
The mechanized hand --
Golden bees, plain cottages, and apple trees --
Signs of life --
The nature of dissent --
Going to ground --
Writing against the machine --
The clockwork god --
Looking for Luddites.
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In this work, Nicols Fox examines contemporary resistance to technology and places it in a surprising historical context. She demonstrates that modern protests against consumptive lifestyles and  Read more...

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