Engineering & Materials Science , General Technology

Conceptualizing Technological Change

Technological change has been rightfully identified as the single most important factor for improving material well-being. Yet, despite its centrality in our lives, we seem to know very little about technology and how it develops and changes, both spatially and temporally. In this original and thoughtful book, Govindan Parayil draws together current scholarship from disciplines ranging from history to economics to sociology as he develops a cohesive theory of technological change. Drawing on a detailed case study of the Green Revolution in Indian agriculture, Parayil convincingly argues that technological change is contingent upon the social-historical process of knowledge change. Thus, he explores the policy implications of analyzing technological change as a problem-solving activity. An innovative contribution to the literature on technological change, this ambitious book will also be valuable for those interested in such practical applications as understanding the process of technology transfer. Editorial Reviews Trevor Pinch Highly original and interesting. This is the first study to bring together and evaluate all the different strands of literature that address the issue of technological change. An ambitious and very significant contribution to the literature. Booknews This is a paperbound reprint of a 1999 work about which Book News wrote: Presents a detailed theoretical and empirical account of contemporary technological change based on current scholarship from disciplines including history, economics, and sociology. Drawing on a case study of the Green Revolution in Indian agriculture, Parayil (social science, Hong Kong U. of Science and Technology) argues that technological change is contingent upon the social-historical process of knowledge change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Parayil, Govindan
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • 2002
  • 220
  • 9780742520042
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