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Technology and Society

Author(s): Jan L. Harrington, PhD, Marist College
  • ISBN-13: 9780763750947
  • ISBN-10:0763750948
  • Paperback    296 pages      © 2009
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Technology and Society provides a broad, balanced perspective on the impact of technology on global society since the beginning of the industrial revolution.  Its organization reflects the many facets of our world that have felt the effects of technology; economics, government, the arts, and interpersonal communications.  Discussion of the many technology issues of today - particularly privacy and society - appear in every chapter as they relate to the topics at hand. Throughout the text readers will find hundreds of Web links and references to additional material.  Things to Think About sections appear at the end of each chapter and urge students to think and write critically about a variety of technological topics.  Ideal for use in numerous courses taught throughout the Computer Science curriculum, Technology and Society will help students turn outward from their technical studies and look at technology from a global perspective.

Features & Benefits

Includes broad coverage of the global impact of technology on our society.

Flexible in its approach, the text is organized into numerous topics such as, the history of technology, resistance to technology, and the impact of technology on our government, the arts, science, medicine, and interpersonal communications.

Things to Think About sections at the end of each chapter provide questions for discussion, essay, and homework assignments.

Hundreds of Web links and citations to printed material throughout the text provide sources for further study.

Applicable Courses

Appropriate for a variety of courses offered throughout the Computer Science and CIS curriculum, such as:

  • Computers and Society
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Computer Ethics
  • Computer Literacy


Preface  Preface  
Chapter  Chapter 1  Generating Change
Chapter  Chapter 2  The History of Technology
Chapter  Chapter 3  Technological Failures
Chapter  Chapter 4  Resisting Technology
Chapter  Chapter 5  The Accessibility of Technology
Chapter  Chapter 6  Economics and Work
Chapter  Chapter 7  Human Behavior: Communicating and Interaction
Chapter  Chapter 8  Government, Politics, and War
Chapter  Chapter 9  Children, Education, and Libraries
Chapter  Chapter 10  Science and Medicine
Chapter  Chapter 11  Entertainment and the Arts
Chapter  Chapter 12  Looking Ahead

Jan L. Harrington, PhD-Marist College

Dr. Jan L. Harrington has been working with computer technology for over 40 years. She is the author of more than 35 computing-related books, covering topics such as database management, data communications, computer security, and computer programming. Dr. Harrington is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of CS/IS/IT at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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