On living in a techno-globalised world: Questions of history and geography

Morley, David G.. 2014. On living in a techno-globalised world: Questions of history and geography. In: , ed. Technological Determinism and Social Change. 30 (2) Lexington, pp. 61-65. ISBN 0739191241 [Book Section]

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The article surveys perspectives on technological change and globalisation which might be seen as ‘media-centric’ in respect of their assumptions about the extent to which media technologies themselves are necessarily the driving force of cultural and political change. It argues for the need to situate contemporary forms of technological ‘newness’ in historical perspective, if we are to avoid a narrowly foreshortened form of ‘presentism’. It also offers an alternative, ‘contextualist’ view of how we might analyse the ways in which particular technologies are mobilised in different cultural contexts and considers how, rather than focussing on ‘universalised’ models of technologically driven change, we might develop a comparative forms of analysis informed by anthropological and comparative perspectives on technology use.

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Technology; Culture; History; Geography

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


December 2014Published

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13 Mar 2015 16:20

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29 Apr 2020 16:10



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