At the same time for many people it meant a

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Unformatted text preview: e in consumer goods. At the same time, for many people, it meant a thoroughly unpleasant work environment — long work hours, monotonous routines, and general degradation of labor. So does technology determine a basic human process such as work, or is technology itself shaped by economic and social relationships? (190). A fundamental feature of technological advance is that innovations begin to be used on a small scale and are steadily expanded as experience is gained with them. The late-19th C and early-20th C deployment of machines in factories of ever-increasing size was not simply the result of increasing technological sophistication; putting workers into large factories may have been motivated by a need to control and discipline workers (191). 1903: South Carolina cotton spinning mill. Employment of child workers persisted well into 20th C. Machines provided a model of reliable performance, as well as a way of coaxing it out of their workers (192). Source: Science & Society Picture Library 10418835 Page 1 of 2 SOCIOLOGY 415: Technology and Society University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa , Fall 2010 characteristic of an industrial society is an extensive of labor. Instead of a single craftsman performin g all of the volved in making a product, production is broken into small s, each one perf...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course SOC 415 taught by Professor Swift,d during the Fall '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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