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Pacey, Arnold

Overview
Works: 41 works in 296 publications in 9 languages and 8,988 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Periodicals  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: T15, 609
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Most widely held works by Arnold Pacey
Technology in world civilization : a thousand-year history by Arnold Pacey( Book )

32 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most general histories of technology are Euro-centrist, focusing on a main line of western technology that stretches from the Greeks through the computer. In this very different book, Arnold Pacey takes a global view, placing the development of technology squarely in a 'world civilization.' He portrays the process as a complex dialectic by which inventions borrowed from one culture are adopted to suit another. Pacey's argument is both original and compelling. He demonstrates that western technology is an amalgam of cross-fertilizations from the great civilizations of China, India, and Islam and from the apparently primitive cultures of peasant farmers in Africa or Inuit hunters in the Arctic. In a lively and readable style, Pacey explains exactly how technologies (which he broadly defines to include such critical practices as agriculture and health care) were diffused across Asia to Africa and Europe, and then back again. A failure to appreciate the importance of this type of dialogue, Pacey observes, has often led to misguided programs that have sought to impose technologies on less developed nations without allowing for responsive innovation. Covering the period from 700 to 1970, Pacey contrasts innovations based on critical survival needs with high technologies symbolizing the values of major civilizations. Examples include the Chinese gunpowder that provoked a more formidable cannon in Europe, Indian textile techniques that spurred the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and transistors from the United States that stimulated new kinds of consumer products in Japan. In many cases, Pacey notes, technology is less the result of a direct transfer than of the diffusion of stimuli. Even 'a mere rumor of an unfamiliar technique' could produce new ways to achieve similar results."--Jacket
The culture of technology by Arnold Pacey( Book )

49 editions published between 1983 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Examines our often conflicting attitudes toward nuclear weapons, biological technologies, pollution, Third World development, automation, social medicine, and industrial decline. It disputes the common idea that technology is 'value-free' and shows that its development and use are conditioned by many factors-political and cultural as well as economic and scientific. Many examples from a variety of cultures are presented. These range from the impact of snowmobiles in North America to the use of water pumps in rural India, and from homemade toys in Africa to electricity generation in Britain-all showing how the complex interaction of many influences in every community affects technological practice"--Provider website
The maze of ingenuity : ideas and idealism in the development of technology by Arnold Pacey( Book )

37 editions published between 1974 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning in technology by Arnold Pacey( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In previous books, Arnold Pacey has written about the role of ideas and ideals in the creation of technology, about the global history of technology, and about the complex interaction of political, cultural, economic, and scientific influences on the course of technological practice. In Meaning in Technology, he explores how an individual's sense of purpose and meaning in life can affect the shape and use of technology. Stressing that there is no hierarchy of meaning in technology, he argues against reductionism in interpreting technology in a human context, and for acknowledgment of the role of human experience of purpose when it helps to express meaning in technology. - Jacket flap
Seasonal dimensions to rural poverty by Robert Chambers( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agricultural development and nutrition by Arnold Pacey( Book )

16 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farmer first : farmer innovation and agricultural research by Robert Chambers( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and French and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that farmers in resource-poor areas are innovators and adaptors, and that agricultural research must take farmers' own agendas and priorities into account
Sanitation in developing countries( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rainwater harvesting : the collection of rainfall and run-off in rural areas by Arnold Pacey( Book )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an exploration of rainwater catchment tanks for drinking water and traditional methods of runoff farming in which rainwater is channeled to planted areas. In poor countries, rainwater catchment tanks are usually built smaller than optimum technical size because of cost considerations. In addition, it is quite common for users to rapidly consume collected water, leaving a subsequent dry period when no water is available. Runoff farming has been successful in the Negev desert in Israel (in winter), in the southwestern United States, and in other countries (notably India, which may offer the most relevant experience for other tropical areas). One key to identifying successful conditions for runoff farming is the balance between rainfall and evaporation during the growing season, and the distribution of storms. Areas with occasional heavy rainfall but hot growing seasons may be less suited for runoff farming than areas with less heavy but more consistent rainfall and lower temperatures
Water for the thousand millions by Intermediate Technology Development Group( Book )

8 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water for the Thousand Millions focuses on the distribution of safe water through effective water supply technology. This book discusses developments in the intermediate technology of water supplies such as rainwater catchment tanks, water conservation techniques, small solar distillation plants, and wind-pump projects. The topics discussed include water supply objectives and criteria of appropriateness; technically appropriate water supplies; socially appropriate water supplies at village level; and economically appropriate water supplies. This book is a good source for students and researche
Gardening for better nutrition : an Oxfam document by Arnold Pacey( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval architectural drawing : English craftsmen's methods and their later persistence (c.1200-1700) by Arnold Pacey( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A development dialogue : rainwater harvesting in Turkana by Adrian Cullis( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hand pump maintenance in the context of community well projects : an Oxfam document by Arnold Pacey( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who built Beverley Minster?( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rural sanitation : planning and appraisal : an Oxfam document by Arnold Pacey( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El laberinto del ingenio : ideas e idealismo en el desarrollo de la tecnología by Arnold Pacey( Book )

5 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in Spanish and Catalan and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Water for the thousand millions( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High Bradley : architecture and history by Alison Armstrong( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mengutamakan peladang : inovasi peladang & penyelidikan pertanian( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Malay and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Technology in world civilization : a thousand-year history
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Pacey, A.

Pacey, Arnold

パーシー, アーノルド

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The culture of technologyThe maze of ingenuity : ideas and idealism in the development of technologyMeaning in technologyFarmer first : farmer innovation and agricultural researchRainwater harvesting : the collection of rainfall and run-off in rural areasGardening for better nutrition : an Oxfam documentMedieval architectural drawing : English craftsmen's methods and their later persistence (c.1200-1700)A development dialogue : rainwater harvesting in Turkana