Technology choice: a critique of the appropriate technology movement

K. W. Willoughby

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Technology choice emerged as a critical issue following the pathfinding work of economist E.F. Schumacher. Since then, appropriate technology has grown to become a substantial international movement, with support at grass roots level, as well as within national governments and international organisations. It has also come under considerable criticism from traditional economists. This book provides a review and critique of the theory of appropriate technology, the movement associated with it and the practical experiments of applied AT. It examines the grounds for hope that policies based upon expanding the scope for enlightened technology choice might be feasible for both rich and poor communities, in both rural and urban contexts. Finally, proposes a framework for integrating traditional economic development with the techniques of appropriate technology. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology choice
Subtitle of host publicationa critique of the appropriate technology movement
PublisherIntermediate Technology, London/Westview Press, Boulder
ISBN (Print)0813378060, 1853390577, 9780813378060, 9781853390579
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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