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- DescriptionIn the late 1960s an eclectic group of engineers joined the antiwar and civil rights activists of the time in agitating for change. The engineers were fighting to remake their profession, challenging their fellow engineers to embrace a more humane vision of techlogy. In Engineers for Change, Matthew Wisnioski offers an account of this conflict within engineering, linking it to deep-seated assumptions about techlogy and American life. The postwar period in America saw a near-utopian belief in techlogy's beneficence. Beginning in the mid-1960s, however, society--influenced by the antitechlogy writings of such thinkers as Jacques Ellul and Lewis Mumford--began to view techlogy in a more negative light. Engineers themselves were seen as conformist organization men propping up the military-industrial complex. A dissident mirity of engineers offered critiques of their profession that appropriated concepts from techlogy's critics. These dissidents were criticized in turn by conservatives who regarded them as countercultural Luddites. And yet, as Wisnioski shows, the radical mirity spurred the professional elite to promote a new understanding of techlogy as a rapidly accelerating force that our institutions are ill-equipped to handle. The negative consequences of techlogy spring from its very nature--and t from engineering's failures. Sociotechlogists were recruited to help society adjust to its techlogy. Wisnioski argues that in responding to the challenges posed by critics within their profession, engineers in the 1960s helped shape our dominant contemporary understanding of techlogical change as the driver of history.
- Author BiographyMatthew Wisnioski is Associate Professor of Science and Technology in Society and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.
- Author(s)Matthew Wisnioski
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication06/09/2016
- SubjectTechnology: General & Reference
- Series TitleEngineering Studies
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note27 figures
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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