Social Processes and Technological Change
Author(s): Michael Schiffer
Archaeologists are much concerned with, and often have evidence for studying, the effects of technological change on social processes. In this paper, I reverse the causal arrow and examine social processes that can initiation technological change. Among these varied social processes, I discuss here peer competitions; social role expectations; new social groups, social roles, and activities; and maintaining a system of status differentiation. Each of these processes can serve as fillips to invention and, perhaps, initiate processes of development, manufacture, and adoption.
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- New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Technological Change •
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Social Processes and Technological Change. Michael Schiffer. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396399)