ERIC Number: ED204218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Separate, Unequal, But More Autonomous: Technology, Equity and World Order in the Millennial Transition.
Part of a series of working papers intended to stimulate research, education, dialogue, and political action in favor of a more just world order, this monograph relates technology to four major global issues--energy, environment, employment, and equity. The objective is to determine the kinds of technological choices that can be made regarding social change in these four areas to diminish structural and other forms of violence against humanity and the biosphere. Six assumptions underlie the premise that technology can influence developments in these global issue areas: (1) obvious inequalities exist between developed and developing nations in areas of energy consumption, income distribution, material deprivation, economic and political power, and science-based problem-solving capacity; (2) developing nations are becoming increasingly dependent on developed nations; (3) technology is emerging as a major instrument for domination; (4) technology facilitates social change; (5) indigenous technologies in developing nations should be nurtured; and (6) depletion of natural resources cannot continue indefinitely. Some propositions are made to accelerate the transition away from exploitation and oppression of developing nations and toward equality of all peoples, including creating autonomous Third World structures for economic and technological intelligence, revitalizing indigenous technologies in the Third World, and encouraging ecologically sound productive processes (such as solar energy) in the industrialized nations. The conclusion is that technology should be recognized as an extremely potent force which should be judged in terms of its harmony with social and physical environments. (DB)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Energy, Environment, Equal Facilities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Human Dignity, Political Issues, Poverty, Power Technology, Social Change, Social Problems, Technological Advancement, Unemployment
Institute for World Order, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 ($1.50, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World Order Models Project.
Authoring Institution: Institute for World Order, New York, NY.
Identifiers: World Order Studies