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2017-05-18Buch DOI: 10.18452/17890
The Interplay of People and Technologies
dc.contributor.authorBernbeck, Reinhard
dc.contributor.authorBurmeister, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorHahn, Hans peter
dc.contributor.authorDittrich, Annett
dc.contributor.authorKlimscha, Florian
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Michael
dc.contributor.authorReinhold, Sabine
dc.contributor.authorPollock, Susan
dc.contributor.authorRüden, Constance von
dc.contributor.authorDe Zilva, Sayuri
dc.contributor.authorJung, Matthias
dc.contributor.editorBurmeister, Stefan
dc.contributor.editorBernbeck, Reinhard
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-29T12:12:57Z
dc.date.available2017-06-29T12:12:57Z
dc.date.created2017-05-18
dc.date.issued2017-05-18
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/18553
dc.description.abstractHistories of innovation are prototypical success stories. The advent of the wheel, of writing, printing, the steam engine or computers: where would we be without these path-breaking technological innovations and their global consequences? At least retrospectively, innovations appear as linear, straightforward processes. However, this view is too simplistic. Innovations are not self-evident new elements of life but meet social and technological resistance. In accounts of past innovations, we also often forget that their price is always an irremediable loss of knowledge and practical skills. This collection of essays shows that innovations, both ancient and more recent ones, are located in a network of pre-existing life-worlds. The authors elucidate the wide and often unrecognized impacts of innovations on social structures and cultural practices. Case studies from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, central Europe and the modern world highlight the preconditions and off-ignored secondary effects of innovation. They address the complex social negotiations and the multitude of unforeseen and unplanned changes which accompany the New, rather than focusing on intended changes, which are usually understood as improvements and ways to broaden possibilities for action. Our ultimate goal is to investigate the complex entangle ments of innovations in past and present worlds and deepen our understanding of mechanisms of cultural change.eng
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi
dc.rightsNamensnennung - Keine kommerzielle Nutzung
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/de/
dc.subject.ddc930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499
dc.titleThe Interplay of People and Technologies
dc.typebook
dc.subtitleArchaeological Case Studies on Innovations
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-100248699
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/17890
local.edoc.anmerkungErscheint in der Reihe "Berlin Studies of the Ancient World" herausgegeben von Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi ; 43
local.edoc.type-nameBuch
local.edoc.institutionExzellenzcluster 264 Topoi

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