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Heilbroner, 1997. Social Research 64(3):1321-1325

Technology and Capitalism
Robert Heilbroner

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Technology and the Rest of Culture
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 64, No. 3 (Fall 1997): 1321-1325

ABSTRACT: This article deals with the relationship between technology and capitalism. Capitalism is a social formation, to borrow Marx's useful term, with three historically unique features: an all-important dependency on the successful accumulation of capital, a wide-ranging use of a market mechanism and a unique bifurcation of power into two sectors, one public, one private. In so doing they radically alter the meaning and function of technology within capitalism compared with any other social order. Technology thus becomes a sociopolitical force within capitalism, not merely a lever of material change. The reason, of course, is that technological change is the chief source of new areas profitable accumulation...
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