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Unformatted text preview: Section 1.3 The Process of Technological Change Section Readings: Rudi Volti: Chapters 3 & 16 George Ritzer (2009) “The McDonalds System” Volti Chapter 3 Social constructivism – the idea that technology is a human creation and technological change is a social process. Examines how social structures and processes have affected choices of technologies; and technological change is an inherently political process. Why some succeed and other fail Many developments take place because of the availability of complementary technological developments in different, but related, areas. Success of a new technology often dependent upon human habits and attitudes. “Push” and “Pull” Factors What kind of social systems allow inventive ability to flourish? Scientific breakthroughs and refinements “push” new technologies into the world, yet, there must also be a desire for it and the ability to pay for it (“pulled” by demand) “Push” and “Pull” “Effective demand” The distribution of wealth and power influence forces that push and pull and can slow the pace of technological advance....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ANT 261 taught by Professor Jicha during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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