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Technological Utopianism in American Culture
Twentieth Anniversary Edition

 
 
Howard P. Segal
With a New Preface and Epilogue by the Author

Paper $24.95s   |   0-8156-3061-1    |   2005

In this anniversary edition, Howard P. Segal's acclaimed work on utopian visionariesdashtwenty-five writers in alldashis reissued with additional material allowing "New Perspectives for 2005."

Reviews
"[Segal's] final chapter . . . on the uses of utopianism today takes him into terrain where platitude usually reigns; but here, in fact, [Segal's writing is] at its most impressive, even as he becomes something of an advocate. He provides a rationale for utopian thinking that is at once intelligent and eloquent, as good as any I have encountered and much better than most-also, far more sophisticated and convincing than anything found in the writings of the technological utopians themselves. . . . All should read and profit from his peroration."
dash Canadian Review of American Studies

"[Segal] has succeeded better than any other scholar in his attempt to define how a specific type of American utopian writing fits into and reflects important historical contexts and trends."
dash American Literary Realism

"As Segal concludes, our society has constructed the externals of technological utopias here and there, but it has not encouraged the utopian values of selflessness and social cohesion. Still, technological utopianism remains a significant exercise in social thought. For all the limits of their answers, these visionaries raised a basic question we still face: how to relate technological progress to social progress"
dash Technology Review

"Technological Utopianism in American Culture is an important contribution to the histories of technical and utopian thought and to the intellectual history of modern organizational society. Appropriately skeptical of its subjects and their ideas, it also furthers the difficult task of demystifying such loaded terms as 'progress' and 'technology."
dash Business History Review

Author
Howard P. Segal is Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine. He is also director of its technology and society project. His books include Future Imperfect: The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America, Technology in America: A Brief History (with Alan Marcus), and Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries.

6 x 9, 336 book pages, 12 black-and-white photographs, appendix, notes, bibliography, index

Previously published by the University of Chicago Press in 1985



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