Technik Comes to America: Changing Meanings of Technology before 1930

  title={Technik Comes to America: Changing Meanings of Technology before 1930},
  author={Eric Schatzberg},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  pages={486 - 512}
  • E. Schatzberg
  • Published 7 August 2006
  • Economics
  • Technology and Culture
Recent scholarship has shown that the present-day meanings of the term technology are relatively recent. In nineteenth-century English, technology referred principally to a field of study concerned with the practical arts; it did not refer to industrial processes or artifacts, except in anomalous usage. In German-speaking regions, a new discourse emerged around die Technik in the second half of the nineteenth century. This German term referred to the practical arts as a whole, especially those… 

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