The Rapprochement of Technology Studies and American Studies

David E. Nye

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Concise Companion to American Studies
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781405109246
StatePublished - Mar 8 2010


  • Cold War modernization theories-as part of ideology of technological liberation
  • Complexities of technological change and perils of Whig history-pastoral resistance to progress
  • David F. Noble's America By Design
  • Early references to "technology"-Harvard professor Jacob Bigelow's Elements of Technology (1829)
  • Gender, crucial category for analysis of technologies
  • Rapprochement of technology studies and American studies
  • Ruth Schwartz Cowan's groundbreaking More Work for Mother (1983)-ironies of adoption of household technologies
  • Social construction of everyday technologies-and shift toward power of consumers

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