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Dead Reckonings: Ideas, Interests, and Politics in the "Information Age"

Jacobsen, John Kurt

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ISBN 10: 0391040073 / ISBN 13: 9780391040076
Published by Prometheus Books, 1997
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Title: Dead Reckonings: Ideas, Interests, and ...

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Good

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In periods of rapid change, social scientists are nearly as much "at sea" as anyone else. These "dead reckonings" accordingly try to chart a course through an arena where familiar landmarks are altered or absent. Dead Reckonings is aimed at an audience of political scientists and social scientists but should interest many nonspecialists who are concerned with these broad social issues. Therefore, the book investigates how scientific ideas interact with material circumstances and social ideologies to influence politics. It addresses debates in both the philosophy of science and in the field of political science; examines the socio-economic impact of foreign high technology investment upon "less developed" host states; the difficulties of reconciling the microelectronics revolution with the social needs in advances industrial nations; the prudent supervision of the export of sensitive nuclear fuels and facilities; the role that technology as an "independent variable" plays in the politics of trade policy, especially in the United States, the limits of rational choice analysis in the peace process in Northern Ireland, and a radical reconsideration of the :national-international connect" in political science and its implications for the porous border between the subdisciplines of international relations and comparative politics. The book concludes with a pair of short essays dealing with ideological antics within television and cinema.

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"An inspired, iconoclastic work of social science. Jacobsen utilizes the theories of Paul Feyerabend to launch brilliant guerrilla assaults on the powers that be in several walks of American life, from the stars of academe to our political leaders to the icons of American liberalism in public television. He also presents a fascinating and unusual account of how technology affects our lives -- but above all, how dominant elites want us to think technology affects our lives. When you catch Jacobsen's drift amid his clever dead reckonings, you will catch up with a new way to think about our world." -- Bruce Cummings, John Evans Professor of International History and Politics, Northwestern University POSTSCRIPTS: POLITICIZATION AND HISTORICAL IMAGERY

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