Chapter 3. Ceramics in Social and Cultural Context

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr.
  1. W. David Kingery

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470313855.ch3

Proceedings of the First Annual Society Lecture Series on Frontiers of Science and Society: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 11/12

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

Author Information

  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1991

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375112

Online ISBN: 9780470313855

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Keywords:

  • mathematics;
  • technology;
  • porcelain;
  • phosphorus;
  • electromagnet

Summary

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.