Global Magic Technologies of Appropriation from Ancient Rome to Wall Street

This book explores the conventional modern understanding of technology and the idea that technological progress is illusory, deriving from a local, European perspective on what has historically been a global process of accumulation and asymmetric resource transfers. Globalized technologies are based...

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Main Author: Hornborg, Alf
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York Palgrave Macmillan US 2016, 2016
Edition:1st ed. 2016
Series:Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This book explores the conventional modern understanding of technology and the idea that technological progress is illusory, deriving from a local, European perspective on what has historically been a global process of accumulation and asymmetric resource transfers. Globalized technologies are based on differences in wages and the prices of natural resources in different parts of the world. Their magic consists of enabling affluent people to exert power over others while hiding the extent to which this power is dependent on the public conceptions about technology. The reconceptualization of globalized technology proposed here will benefit current deliberations on sustainability, as it advocates fundamental transformations of the economy, rather than technological utopianism
Physical Description:VII, 201 p online resource
ISBN:9781137567871