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The Handbook of Material Culture provides a critical survey of the theories, concepts, intellectual debates, substantive domains, and traditions of study characterizing the analysis of "things." This cutting-edge work examines the current state of material culture as well as how this field of study may be extended and developed in the future.
Chapter 21: Technology as Material Culture
Technology as Material Culture
The term ‘technology’ can be defined in terms broad enough to encompass many of the chapters in this book – architecture, clothing, art, even the body in Foucault's sense of ‘technologies of the self. But even in its narrowest sense of machines, it remains a powerful cultural actor. From looms to linear accelerators, nanotech to the Titanic, the artifacts that transform matter and energy hold a special place as troubling objects of social inquiry. Part one of this chapter begins with a review of classics in social analysis of technology, including Ellul, Krober, Kubler, Marx, Mumford, Washburn, White, and others. While these theorists vary in [Page 330]disciplines (anthropology, history, political science, systems theory, etc.), encompass a wide variety ...