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HPSC1070
Living with Technology Reading List

Living with Technology, 2017/18, Semester 2
Prof. Graeme Gooday
g.j.n.gooday@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Unit 1: Introduction

Compulsory readings

Isiah Berlin, ‘Two Concepts of Liberty’, in his Four Essays on Liberty , 1969. Available online at: https://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/fileadmin/wiso_vwl/johannes/Ankuendigungen/Berlin_twoconceptsofliberty.pdf .

Martin Heidegger, ‘The Question Concerning Technology’, in Basic Writings: from Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964) , ed. D.F. Krell, Chapter 7, pp. 283–317. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Mary Tiles & Hans Oberdiek, Living in a technological culture : human tools and human values , Routledge, 1995, Chapter 1: ‘Conflicting Visions of Technology’, pp. 12–31.

Langdon Winner, The whale and the reactor : a search for limits in an age of high technology , Chicago University Press, 1986, Chapter 2: ‘Do Artifacts have Politics? , pp. 19–39.

Optional readings

Bryan Appleyard, ‘Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians’,  New Statesman , 10 April 2014. Available online at:  http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/04/why-futurologists-are-always-wrong-and-why-we-should-be-sceptical-techno-utopians .

Bryan Appleyard, ‘The New Luddites: Why Former Digital Prophets are Turning Against Tech’,
New Statesman , 29 August 2014. Available online at: http://www.newstatesman.com/sci-tech/2014/08/new-luddites-why-former-digital-prophets-are-turning-against-tech .

Thomas Carlyle, ‘Signs of the Times’, 1829. Available online at:  http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/signs1.html .

Tom de Castella, ‘Are you a Luddite? ’, BBC News Magazine  20 April 2012. Available online:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17770171 .

Charles Duhigg , ‘How Companies Learn Your Secrets’, New York Times Magazine , Feb. 16, 2012. Available online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html? _r=0 .

David Edgerton,  The shock of the old : technology and global history since 1900 , Profile, 2006.

Ray Kurzweil, ‘Singularity Q&A’. Available online at: http://www.kurzweilai.net/singularity-q-a .

Ray Kurzweil, The singularity is near : when humans transcend biology ,  Penguin, 2006.

Jaron Lanier, You are not a gadget : A Manifesto , Allen Lane, 2010, esp. Chapter 1: ‘Missing Persons’, pp. 3-23. - Available online:

http://r-u-ins.org/resource/pdfs/YouAreNotAGadget-A_Manifesto.pdf

Sherry Turkle,  Alone together : why we expect more from technology and less from each other , Basic Book, 2011, esp. Chapter 9: ‘Growing up Tethered’, pp. 171-186.

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Unit 2: Technology, Control and Progress

Compulsory readings

Albert Borgmann, Technology and the character of contemporary life : a philosophical inquiry , University of Chicago Press, 1984, Chapter 9: ‘The Device Paradigm’, pp. 40–47.

Arnold Pacey, ‘Beliefs about Progress’, in The Culture of Technology , Blackwell, 1983, pp. 13–34.

Edward C. Pytlik, Donald P. Lauda & David L. Johnson, Technology, change, and society , Davis Publications, 1978, Chapter 2: ‘Technology and Human Life, pp. 12–24.

Tiles, & Oberdiek, Living in a technological culture : human tools and human values , Chapter 1 (which you’ve already read for Unit 1)

Thomas Hughes, Networks of Power , John Hopkins University Press, 1983, Chapter 9: ‘London: The Primacy of Politics”, pp. 227–261.

Optional readings

Alan Donagan, ‘Determinism In History’, in Dictionary of the History of Ideas , Volume II. Available online at: http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view? docId=DicHist/uvaGenText/tei/DicHist2.xml;chunk.id=dv2-02;toc.depth=1;toc.id=dv2-02;brand=default .

Val Dusek, Philosophy of Technology , Blackwell, 2006, Chapter 6: ‘Technological determinism’, pp. 84–104.

Jacque Ellul, The Technological Society , Vintage, 1964. Available online at: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1465373.files/15%20SEP%2014/Ellul_Jacques_The_Technological_Society.pdf .

Andrew Feenberg , Transforming technology : a critical theory revisited , OUP USA, 2002.

Carl Hoefer, ‘Causal Determinism’, in Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Available online at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/determinism-causal/ .

Emmanuel Mesthene, Technology and social change , Harvard University Press, 1970.

Gerald Sussman, ‘The “Communications Revolution”’ (extract ‘Appropriating Discourse: Technological Determinism and the Disappearing Subject’), in Gerald Sussman, Communication, technology, and politics in the information age , Sage, 1997, pp. 22–36. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Langdon Winner, ‘Where technological determinism went’, in S. H. Cutcliffe & C. Mitcham (eds.), Visions of STS : counterpoints in science, technology, and society studies , State University of New York Press, 2001, pp. 11–17.

For case studies:

Robert. L. Heilbroner, ‘Do Machines Make history? ’, Technology and culture. , 8(3), 1967: 335–345.

Robert L. Heilbroner, ‘Technological Determinism Revisited’, in M. R. Smith & L. Marx (eds.) Does technology drive history? : the dilemma of technological determinism , Routledge, 1994, pp. 67–78. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

James Ball, 'How Close is the UK to a Power Blackout', Guardian , 14 October 2014. Available online: h ttp://www.theguardian.com/big-energy-debate/2014/oct/14/-sp-how-close-uk-power-blackout-energy-data

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Unit 3: Technology, Culture and Nature

Compulsory readings

Lori Gruen, ‘Technology’ in Dale Jamieson (ed.) A Companion to Environmental Philosophy , Oxford, 2003: 439–448

Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology, in Basic Writings: from Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964) , ed. D.F. Krell, ch.7, pp.283–317.

Arnold Pacey, The Culture of Technology , MIT Press, 1983, Chapter 1: ‘Technology: Practice and Culture’, pp. 1–12, esp. 1–3 on snowmobiles.

Mary Tiles & Hans Oberdiek, Living in a technological culture : human tools and human values , Routledge, 1995, Chapter 5: ‘Technology, Culture and Politics’, pp. 116–142.

Optional readings

Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Political and Social Criticism , Smith, Elder & Co., 1869. Available online at: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/arnold/writings/contents.html .

Frederick M. Barnard, ‘Culture and civilization in modern times’, in Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Available online at: http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view? Docid=dichist/uvabook/tei/dichist1.xml;chunk.id=dv1-73;toc.depth=1;toc.id=dv1-73;brand=default .

Francis Fukuyama, The end of history and the last man , Penguin, 1992.

Anthony Giddens, The consequences of modernity , Polity, 1990.

Ian S. Hornsey, A History of Beer and Brewing , Cambridge University Press, 2003, Chapter 9 (20th Century Brewing).

Ralph H. Lutts, ‘Chemical Fallout: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Radioactive Fallout, and the Environmental Movement’, Environmental Review. 9, 1985: 210–225.

30 minute broadcast from Frank Fraser Darling’s 1969 Reith Lecture ‘Wilderness and Plenty’ entitled ‘The Technological Exponential’. This broadcast discusses the impact of the industrial revolution on the environment. Available online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h65vk .

For biotechnology case study:

Robert Bud, ‘Biotechnology in the Twentieth Century’, Social studies of science. 21, 1991: 415–457.

James Summer, Brewing science, technology and print, 1700-1880 , London, 2013, pp. 16–17.

For pesticide case study:

Russell Edmund et al, ‘The nature of power: synthesizing the history of technology and environmental history’, Technology and culture. 52, 2011: 249–259.

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Unit 4: Technology and Identity

Compulsory readings

Cynthia Cockburn, ‘Caught in the wheels: the high cost of being a female cog in the male machinery of engineering.’ In D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman (eds.), The social shaping of technology , Open University Press, 1999, p. 126–133. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Ruth Oldenziel & Mikael Hard, Consumers, tinkerers, rebels : the people who shaped Europe , Palgrave, 2013, Chapter 1: ‘Poaching from Paris’, pp. 13–48.

Ellen van Oost, ‘Materialized Gender: How Shavers Configure the Users’ Femininity and Masculinity’, in N. Oudshoorn & T. Pinch (eds.), How users matter : the co-construction of users and technology , MIT Press, 2005, pp. 193–208.

Nelly Oudshoorn & Trevor Pinch, ‘Introduction’, in N. Oudshoorn & T. Pinch (eds.), How users matter : the co-construction of users and technology , MIT Press, 2005, pp. 1–25. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Optional readings

Dominik Bartmanski & Ian Woodward, Vinyl : the analogue record in the digital age , Bloomsbury, 2015.

Wiebe E. Bijker, Of bicycles, bakelites, and bulbs : toward a theory of sociotechnical change , MIT Press, 1997, Chapter 2: ‘King of the Road: the Social Construction of the Safety Bicycle’, pp. 19–100. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Francesca Bray, ‘Gender and Technology’ in M. Wyer, M. Barbercheck, D. Cookmeyer, H. Ozturk & M. Wayne (eds.), Women, science, and technology : a reader in feminist science studies , Routledge, 2013, pp. 370–384.

Tia DeNora, Music in everyday life . Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Ronald Kline, ‘Resisting Consumer Technology in Rural America: The Telephone and Electrification’ in N. Oudshoorn & T. Pinch (eds.), How users matter : the co-construction of users and technology , MIT Press, 2005, p. 51–66.

Rachel P. Maines, The Technology of Orgasm , Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Mari Mikkola, ‘Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender’, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available online at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/feminism-gender/#sexdis .

Mara Mills, ‘Do signals have politics: Inscribing abilities in cochlear implants’ in T. Pinch and K. Bijsterveld (eds). The Oxford handbook of sound studies , Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 320–346.

Trevor Pinch, ‘The Social Construction of Technology: a Review’, in Robert Fox (ed.), Technological Change: Methods and Themes in the History of Technology , Routledge, 1996, pp. 17–35.

Trevor J. Pinch & Wiebe E. Bijker , ‘The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology might Benefit Each Other’, Social studies of science. 14(3), 1984: 399–441.

Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia , Picador, 2007.

Sally Wyatt, ‘Non-users also matter: the construction of users and non-users of the internet’ in N. Oudshoorn & T. Pinch, How users matter : the co-construction of users and technology , MIT Press, 2005, pp. 67–80.

Weblinks

http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/932-the-new-explosion-of-bootleg-vinyl/

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/07/-sp-vinyls-difficult-comeback

http://theconversation.com/back-on-record-the-reasons-behind-vinyls-unlikely-comeback-39964

http://jezebel.com/5856314/terrible-things-await-women-who-use-mens-razors-says-gillette

http://www.europeanasounds.eu/news/recording-and-playing-machines-through-time-an-online-exhibition

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Unit 5: Technology and Dis/ability

Compulsory readings

Stuart Blume, The artificial ear : cochlear implants and the culture of deafness , Rutgers University Press, 2010, Chapter 3: ‘The Cochlear Implant and the Deaf Community', pp. 58-84.

Nick Bostrum, The Transhumanist FAQ – A General Introduction , Version 2.1, World Transhumanist Association, 2003. Available online at: http://www.nickbostrom.com/views/transhumanist.pdf .

Mark Honigsbaum, ‘The future of robotics: in a transhuman world, the disabled will be the ones without prosthetic limbs...’, Guardian , 16 June 2013. Available online at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jun/16/future-robotics-bionic-limbs-disabled

Optional readings

Julie Anderson, War, disability and rehabilitation in Britain : "soul of a nation" , Manchester University Press, 2011, Chapter 2: ‘Attitude: disabled ex-servicemen after the First World War’. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

FM-2030, Are you a transhuman? : monitoring and stimulating your personal rate of growth in a rapidly changing world , Warner Books, 1989.

Hugh Herr, ‘The new bionics that let us run climb and dance’, TED talk video. Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance .

Mara Mills, ‘Do signals have politics: Inscribing abilities in cochlear implants’ in T. Pinch and K. Bijsterveld (eds). The Oxford handbook of sound studies , Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 320–346.

David Wasserman, Adrienne Asch, Jeffrey Blustein and Daniel Putnam (2011) ‘Disability: Definitions, Models, Experience’, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy . Available online at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/disability/

This list was last updated on 12/01/2016