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- DescriptionIn modern society, we tend to have faith in techlogy. But is our concept of 'techlogy' itself a cultural illusion? This book challenges the idea that humanity as a whole is united in a common development toward increasingly efficient techlogies. Instead it argues that modern techlogy implies a kind of global 'zero-sum game' involving uneven resource flows, which make it possible for wealthier parts of global society to save time and space at the expense of humans and environments in the poorer parts. We tend to think of the functioning of machines as if it was detached from the social relations of exchange which make machines ecomically and physically possible (in some areas). But even the steam engine that was the core of the Industrial Revolution in England was indissolubly linked to slave labour and soil erosion in distant cotton plantations. And even as seemingly benign a techlogy as railways have historically saved time (and accessed space) primarily for those who can afford them, but at the expense of labour time and natural space lost for other social groups with less purchasing power. The existence of techlogy, in other words, is t a cornucopia signifying general human progress, but the unevenly distributed result of unequal resource transfers that the science of ecomics is t equipped to perceive. Techlogy is t simply a relation between humans and their natural environment, but more fundamentally a way of organizing global human society. From the very start it has been a global phemen, which has intertwined political, ecomic and environmental histories in complex and inequitable ways. This book unravels these complex connections and rejects the widespread tion that techlogy will make the world sustainable. Instead it suggests a radical reform of money, which would be as useful for achieving sustainability as for avoiding financial breakdown. It brings together various perspectives from environmental and ecomic anthropology, ecological ecomics, political ecology, world-system analysis, fetishism theory, semiotics, environmental and ecomic history, and development theory. Its main contribution is a new understanding of techlogical development and concerns about global sustainability as questions of power and uneven distribution, ultimately deriving from the inherent logic of general-purpose money. It should be of interest to students and professionals with a background or current engagement in anthropology, sustainability studies, environmental history, ecomic history, or development studies.
- Author BiographyAlf Hornborg is an anthropologist and Professor of Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden.
- Author(s)Alf Hornborg
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication18/10/2012
- SubjectEconomics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note3 black & white tables
- Weight294 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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