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APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY: CURRENT DEBATE AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

Annette Frahm and Frederick H. Buttel
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations
Vol. 9, No. 2, SOCIALLY APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY (SPRING/SUMMER 1982), pp. 11-37
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23261946
Page Count: 27
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APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY: CURRENT DEBATE AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
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Abstract

In a friendly critique of the predominant ideology and strategy of the contemporary U.S. appropriate technology movement, we suggest reorientations of ideology and strategy that will widen the movement's appeal and make it more politically and socioeconomically effective. Principal emphasis is placed on shifting movement foci from consumption issues and strategies to greater concern with production institutions. More specifically, it is suggested that economic democracy—that is, worker or community ownership and control of production enterprises—is consistent with the goals of appropriate technologists, would provide a socioeconomic milieu compatible with the deployment of these technologies, and would expand the range of social groups that could benefit from appropriate technologies. A preliminary class analysis of appropriate technology provides a prospective interpretation of the support base for such technological change and of the patterns of conflict that are likely to emerge.

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