Engineers, manufacturers, and policy makers rarely take these consequences into account. Contending that reinvigorated democratic politics can and should supersede conventional economic reasoning as a basis for decisions about technology, Richard Sclove clearly outlines how the general public can become actively involved in all phases of technology decision making, from assessment and policy making to research and development. For half a century, the Cold War provided the rationale for U. The demise of the Cold War, Sclove argues, provides an ideal opportunity to reformulate technology decision making and design, making them more responsive to social needs. Synthesizing recent research into the social dimensions of technology with democratic theory, the author develops an innovative, practical framework for distinguishing technologies that are compatible with true democratic ideals from those that are not. The text abounds in well-researched examples from all over the world and throughout history of societies that have used technology to enhance their way of life without sacrificing their ideals or traditions, as well as those where technology has completely disrupted prior patterns of community life.
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The book develops a constructive agenda for democratizing all domains of technology — ranging from household to workplace, government, urban infrastructure, medicine, farming, etc. Lists with This Book. Democracy and Technology can be ordered from your local bookseller, or it is available in paperback for U. Democracy and Technology by Richard E.
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Strengthen democratic evaluation, choice and governance 8. Map local needs and resources 2. Subordinate the military to democratic prerogatives Synthesizing recent research into the social dimensions of technology with democratic theory, the author develops an innovative, practical framework for distinguishing technologies that are compatible with true democratic ideals from those that are not. Kyle added it May 15, Promote supportive institutions C.
To make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. In the opening pages of Democracy and TechnologySclove contrasts the experience of a small Spanish village with that of the Old Amish in Ohio to illustrate two different approaches to technology. Engineers, manufacturers, and policy makers rarely take these consequences into account. Preview — Democracy and Technology by Richard E.
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By Richard E. Sclove New York: The Guilford Press, , pages According to Richard Sclove, technology has a profound effect on the way we structure society, yet citizens rarely if ever participate in the development of new technologies or in the making of public policy. Instead, "many of the most important technology decisions are made today via a covert politics that occurs within corporate headquarters and government bureaucracies or via the tacit politics of the economic marketplace. In the opening pages of Democracy and Technology, Sclove contrasts the experience of a small Spanish village with that of the Old Amish in Ohio to illustrate two different approaches to technology. When running water was installed in the homes of Ibieca, a community in northeast Spain, the people no longer depended for water on the public fountain. Over the course of a few years, the social fabric of the community began to unravel. By contrast, the Amish engage in a process of extensive public discussion and democratic ratification before new technologies are adopted.