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- DescriptionAmericans today often associate scientific and techlogical change with progress and personal well-being. Yet underneath our confident assumptions lie serious questions. In Inventing Ourselves Out of Jobs? Amy Sue Bix locates the origins of this confusion in the Great Depression, when social and ecomic crisis forced many Americans to re-examine ideas about science, techlogy, and progress. Growing fear of techlogical unemployment -the idea that increasing mechanization displaced human workers-prompted widespread talk about the meaning of progress in the new Machine Age. In response, promoters of techlogy mounted a powerful public relations campaign: in advertising, writings, speeches, and World Fair exhibits, company leaders and prominent scientists and engineers insisted that mechanization ultimately would ensure American happiness and national success. Emphasizing the cultural context of the debate, Bix concentrates on public perceptions of work and techlogical change: the debate over mechanization turned on ideology, on the way various observers in the 1930s interpreted the relationship between techlogy and American progress. Although similar concerns arose in other countries, Bix highlights what was unique about the American response: Discussion about workplace change, she argues, became entwined with particular musings about the meaning of American history, the western frontier, and a sense of national destiny. In her concluding chapters and epilogue, Bix shows how the issue changed during World War II and in postwar America and brings the debate forward to show its relevance to modern readers.
- Author BiographyAmy Sue Bix is an associate professor of history at Iowa State University.
- Author(s)Amy Bix
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2002
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleStudies in Industry and Society
- Series Part/Volume Number17
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note14, 13 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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