by Richard E. Sclove
The Loka Institute is pleased to announce the publication of
Loka Founder/Executive Director, Richard Sclove's book, Democracy and Technology.
The book develops a constructive agenda for democratizing all domains of technology --
ranging from household to workplace, government, urban infrastructure, medicine, farming,
etc. Click here for ordering information.
Democracy and Technology won the 1996 Don K. Price Award of the American
Political Science Association for "best book in the field of science, technology,
Some comments on Democracy and
"Democracy and Technology, that's a good book!"
--Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader, quoted in the New York Times' Sunday Magazine, 1996
"A welcome addition to an essential debate....This book provides a provocative
and thorough analysis of the challenges facing us on the threshold of the 21st
--U.S. Congressman George E. Brown, Jr., Ranking Democratic Member and Former Chairman,
House Science Committee
"Mr. Sclove is refreshing in the way he rejects ideas so nearly universally
held that most people have never thought to question them."
--New York Times Book Review
"Tightly reasoned and far-ranging in examples and erudition...cogent and
illuminating...seminal....Sclove writes in the hallowed and constructive tradition of Paul
Goodman, Ivan Illich, Paulo Freire, Lewis Mumford, [and] E. F. Schumacher."
--Annals of the American Academy of Political & Social Science, July 1996.
"Sclove's treatment...is as creative and artful as the society that he would
like to see, filled with empirical evidence to show, in detail, that the possibilities as
well as the problems are real."
--Ethics, January 1997.
"Democracy and technology, and the way these two institutions affect each
other, is perhaps the most pressing problem of the coming decade. Neither Luddite nor
Technophile...Sclove directs our attention to solutions that might actually work."
--Howard Rheingold, author of Virtual Community
"Remarkably ambitious, superbly accessible, and urgently needed--a gold mine of
fundamental insights and suggestive provocations....This is the most far-reaching work I
have seen on the political nature of technological change."
--David F. Noble, author of Forces of Production
"Sclove's unifying--and, to me, incontrovertible--premise is that a democratic
society worthy of the name does not allow technological innovation to erode democratic
processes and institutions....That we persistently...allow this erosion to occur
underscores the significance of his message."
--Daniel Sarewitz in Issues in Science & Technology, Summer 1996.
"An important book, one for which the community of science and technology
studies scholars has been waiting. In clear prose, using numerous salient examples,
Richard Sclove provides a philosophic and practical foundation for participatory
technology. I am looking forward to using this book in several of my courses."
--Ruth Schwartz Cowan, author of More Work for Mother and Past President,
Society for the History of Technology
"Three recent books renew my hopes for a robust dialog about technology and its
impacts....Democracy and Technology is the most ambitious in scope."
--Wired Magazine, November 1996.
"The seeds for a humane, alternative social order, as well as a plausible
strategy for getting there. A much needed book!"
--Robert L. Heilbroner, author of Visions of the Future
"This book will be an essential tool to strengthen democratic public
problem-solving. Sclove gives us a compelling moral argument _and_ a practical guide to
shaping our future. Bravo!"
--Frances Moore Lappe & Paul Martin Dubois, Co- Directors of the Center for Living
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