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Technological change : methods and themes in the history of technology

Author: Robert Fox
Publisher: Australia : Harwood Academic, ©1996.
Series: Studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Technological Change gathers together examples of the best current thinking on methodology and the theoretical perspectives that are increasingly of concern to historians of technology, whilst at the same time presenting other papers which reflect the 'state of the art' in key areas of historical debate. The volume emphasises the need both to establish a common forum for theoretical and empirical research and also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference proceedings
History
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Fox
ISBN: 3718657929 9783718657926
OCLC Number: 34761315
Notes: "The essays in this volume arise from papers given at the conference on 'Technological change' at Rhodes House and Wadham College, Oxford, from 8 to 11 September 1993"--Introduction.
Description: vii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: The social construction of technology : a review / Trevor Pinch --
Towards a history of technological thought / Antoine Picon --
Bodies, fields, and factories : technologies and understandings in the age of revolutions / John V. Pickstone --
Evolution and technological change : a new metaphor for economic history? / Joel Mokyr --
Lynn White's Medieval technology and social change after thirty years / Bert Hall --
Medieval technology and the historians : the evidence for the mill / Richard Holt --
Law, espionage, and the transfer of technology from eighteenth century Britain / John Harris --Concepts of invention and the patent controversy in Victorian Britain / Christine MacLeod --
Technological change during the first industrial revolution : the paradigm case of textiles, 1688-1851 / Patrick O'Brien, Trevor Griffiths, and Philip Hunt --
Technology transfer and industrial transformation : an interpretation of the pattern of economic development circa 1870-1914 / Ian Inkster --
The Japan that can say no : the rise of techno-nationalism and its impact on technological change / Morris F. Low --
Politics and the passion for production : France and the USSR in the 1930s / Yves Cohen --
Managing complexity : interdisciplinary advisory committees / Thomas P. Hughes --
How do we know the properties of artefacts? applying the sociology of knowledge to technology / Donald MacKenzie.
Series Title: Studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Fox.
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Technological Change gathers together examples of the best current thinking on methodology and the theoretical perspectives that are increasingly of concern to historians of technology, whilst at the same time presenting other papers which reflect the 'state of the art' in key areas of historical debate. The volume emphasises the need both to establish a common forum for theoretical and empirical research and also to delineate the shared concerns of these two treatments, which are too often reflected as conflicting rather than mutually supportive approaches to the writing of the history of technology.

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