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Modest Technologies for a Complicated World - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080240671, 9781483157603

Modest Technologies for a Complicated World

1st Edition

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

Author: Roberto Vacca
eBook ISBN: 9781483157603
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 186
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Modest Technologies for a Complicated World focuses on intermediate or alternative technologies capable of making our complex society more rational, simpler, and more modest through the attainment of equilibrium in the socio-political situation and also in the demographic, energy, agricultural, soil preservation, exploitation of resources, and recycling processes. This book outlines the conditions that must be satisfied and the precautions that have to be taken in order to implement modest technological innovations in the third world—as well as in the first or the second—on the basis of concrete and pragmatic evaluations. This volume is comprised of 14 chapters and begins with a historical overview of modest technology and how it can address global problems such as food shortage and malnutrition. The role of modest technologies as instruments of international aid and in promoting a possible New International Economic Order is then discussed. The following chapters consider the debate concerning the neutrality of science and technology; lack of innovation as a cause of economic crisis; and arguments about the theory and practice of international activities of technological cooperation and assistance. Strategies for the introduction of modest technologies are also proposed. This book will be of interest to sociologists, economists, and decision makers.

Table of Contents


1. Modest Technology

2. In Our Heads We Have More than Just Our Mouths

3. International Aid and a Possible New International Economic Order

4. Small May be Beautiful — Does it Always Make Sense?

5. The Debatable Neutrality of Science and Technology

6. Lack of Innovation as a Cause of Economic Crisis

7. How to be Energetically Modest

8. Reasonable Arguments and Lists Reasoned Out

9. When Cynics Don't Even Know Prices

10. The Costs of Risks

11. It's All a Question of Organization

12. Strategies for the Introduction of Modest Technologies

13. Is There an Investment Crisis?

14. Decisions for Societal Systems Based on Modern Techniques


Name Index

Subject Index


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