Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism

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Routledge, 2013年1月11日 - 288页

This book addresses the question of what it might mean today to be a Luddite--that is, to take a stand against technology. Steven Jones here explains the history of the Luddites, British textile works who, from around 1811, proclaimed themselves followers of "Ned Ludd" and smashed machinery they saw as threatening their trade. Against Technology is not a history of the Luddites, but a history of an idea: how the activities of a group of British workers in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire came to stand for a global anti-technology philosophy, and how an anonymous collective movement came to be identified with an individualistic personal conviction. Angry textile workers in the early nineteenth century became romantic symbols of a desire for a simple life--certainly not the original goal of the actions for which they became famous. Against Technology is, in other words, a book about representations, about the image and the myth of the Luddites and how that myth was transformed over time into modern neo-Luddism.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
CHAPTER1 THE BOOM THE BUST AND NEOLUDDITES
CHAPTER2 THE MYTHIC HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL
CHAPTER3 ROMANTICIZING THE LUDDITES
CHAPTER4 FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER
CHAPTER5 NOVELIZING THE LUDDITES
CHAPTER6 COUNTERCULTURE
CHAPTER7 NED LUDD IN THE AGE OF TERROR
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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作者简介 (2013)

Steven E. Jones is Professor of English at Loyola University, Chicago. He is author of Satire and Romanticism and editor of The Satiric Eye.

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