Chapter 3. Ceramics in Social and Cultural Context
- John B. Wachtman Jr.
Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1991 The American Ceramic Society
Proceedings of the First Annual Society Lecture Series on Frontiers of Science and Society: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 11/12
How to Cite
Kingery, W. D. (1991) Ceramics in Social and Cultural Context, in Proceedings of the First Annual Society Lecture Series on Frontiers of Science and Society: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 11/12 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470313855.ch3
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1991
Print ISBN: 9780470375112
Online ISBN: 9780470313855
Internalist histories of technology that reinforce disciplinary boundaries, technological determinism (the idea that technological developments engender and explain social change), and the idea that technology is applied science are widely accepted within the ceramic community. However, we are coming to recognize that these reductionist views are a distortion of the reality that technical, social, economic, political, and cultural components of technological change constitute an interactive system. Technological change does not result simply from the solution of scientific and technological problems. Ceramics is embedded in a social and cultural context that is a vital component necessary to understand the ways in which ceramics change through time.