Infrastructures of Aggression: The Causal Role of Defense Expenditure during the Industrial and Informational Technological Revolutions

Armada on high seas

Part of the Social Science Colloquium series at ASU Polytechnic campus

Twenty years into the 21st century, cyber-revolution continues to transform the world in unpredictable ways. If one thing is clear presently it is this: the post-WWII American economy unleashed a global techno-social transformation as profound as any experienced since the early days of the British Industrial Revolution. Few social theorists, however, have attempted to specify detailed causal processes common to both the 1780’s British Industrial Revolution and the 1980’s American Informational Revolution. In this discussion on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in Santa Catalina Hall, room 359, Joshua Kane will use comparative historical methods to assess whether defense expenditure initiated similar and significant causal processes that initially propelled each of these revolutions.

Kane received his doctorate in sociology in 2008 from the University of Washington. He is published in the American Journal of Sociology and is a lecturer in  Integrative Social Science at ASU Polytechnic campus. Kane has instructed and constructed a wide range of social science courses at the university/college level — including all core courses in sociology, research methods, specialized diversity studies, statistics, political science, economics, ethics, psychology, constitutional law, American government, creative and critical thinking, human relations, social/occupational skills, marriage/family, and popular culture.

This presentation is coordinated by the faculty of social science in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Faculty of Social Science
Joshua Kane, lecturer in sociology, integrative social science
Santa Catalina Hall, Room 359
Polytechnic campus

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