Technology and Culture

Technology and Culture is a quarterly academic journal founded in 1959. It is an official publication of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), whose members routinely refer to it as "T&C." Besides scholarly articles and critical essays, the journal publishes reviews of books and museum exhibitions. Occasionally, the journal publishes thematic issues; topics have included patents, gender and technology, and ecology. Technology and Culture has had three past editors-in-chief: Melvin Kranzberg (1959–1981), Robert C. Post (1982–1995), and John M. Staudenmaier (1996–2010). Since 2011 the journal has been edited at the University of Oklahoma by Prof. Suzanne Moon. Managing editors have included Joan Mentzer, Joseph M. Schultz, David M. Lucsko, and Peter Soppelsa.

In its inaugural issue, editor Melvin Kranzberg set out a threefold educational mission for the journal: "to promote the scholarly study of the history of technology, to show the relations between technology and other elements of culture, and to make these elements of knowledge available and comprehensible to the educated citizen." No journal then in existence had as its primary focus the history of technology and its relations with society and culture. To adequately address these topics in all their complexity, a truly interdisciplinary approach was needed. And this was to be the unique contribution of Technology and Culture.[1]

Technology and Culture
Technology and culture
DisciplineCultural studies; History of technology; Science, technology and society
LanguageEnglish
Edited bySuzanne Moon
Publication details
Publication history
1959-present
Publisher
FrequencyQuarterly
Standard abbreviations
Technol. Cult.
Indexing
ISSN0040-165X (print)
1097-3729 (web)
LCCN62025340
JSTOR0040165X
OCLC no.1640126
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References

  1. ^ Kranzberg, Melvin (Winter 1959). "At the Start". Technology and Culture. 1 (1): 9 https://www.jstor.org/stable/3100782.

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