and Conflict Theory on Technology
(a short introduction)
Mechanical Marxism: Technology as an Independent Force
Technology as Social Product
- Forces (means) of production
are the central elements which lead to an understanding of social structure
and human potential.
- Technological change
improves productivity and efficiency- a necessary step in the pursuit of human
- Forces of Production=>
Social Relations of Production=> Social Reality.
- Capitalism emerges as
a result of class conflict, yet is dependnt upon a technology of industrial
- Technological innovation
and change occurs within society.
- Social relations of production
impact the nature, direction, and rate of technological development.
- Intellectual, as well
as technical reality reflects the interests of dominant groups; yet these
dominant groups are emeshed within the technological
- Understanding technological
change, and its products must be centered in an understanding of power relationships.
- Technology, as a reified,
autonomous (appearing) reality does promote stratification. Those who "understand"
it or effectively "use" it are accorded can command special status
- Technology (technics)
can and does become an effective mechanism of social control- both directly
- But, this is far more
than a simple conspiracy theory- perhaps more of a "systems" approach which
recognizes the problems of inequality.
links to the work of some of my students from previous semesters. The articles
dealt with here can be found in "Technology and Society in Twentieth Century
America", Randall Stross (ed.), Chicago: Dorsey Press, 1989:
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