Technology and Cultural Tectonics Shifting Values and Meanings

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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What impact has technology had on cultural meanings, values, and symbols? This anthropological exploration shows how technologies produce novel and sometimes jarring realignments among cultural institutions. Contemporary reproductive, medical, genetic, and information technologies forge unprecedented family relationships, produce a new mode of thinking based on the confluence of artificial and human intelligence, and reconfigure conventional scales of time and space. Taken together, they redefine what it is to be human.

Author Biography

Allan Hanson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas, USA.

Table of Contents

1. The Technological Society
2. Honor Thy Father(s) and Thy Mother(s)
3. All in the Family
4. Prenatal Testing and its Discontents
5. The Frozen and the Dead
6. Time and Identity
7. Thinking in a New Key
8. Scales of Time and Space
9. Expansions

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