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The "Revealing" and "Concealing" of Technology

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From the point of view of the oppressed and the exploited in an iniquitous political economic order, technological change conceals more than what it reveals. The concealing of technology could be the ideological bias or intentions of its promoters or protagonists which is more often concealed than revealed in social theories and analysis of technological change. Using the poison gas explosion at the Union Carbide pesticide plant at Bhopal as a case in point, I will argue that this technological massacre of a city population can be read only as the concealing of the "real" nature of the technology of the so-called "Green Revolution" in India's agricultural modernization programme.

Affiliations: 1: Division of Social Science Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong


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