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Technology and Social Choices in the Era of Social Transformations

Edited By Borut Rončević and Matej Makarovič

From the dawn of humanity, the dialectic relationship between technology and society has been one of the driving forces behind changes in both realms. Trends in technological developments and their applications are, ultimately, the result of individual and collective choices. At the same time, technology influences the social choices of individuals, small groups and entire societies. This book focuses on two closely related ideas: technological development and social choices. While relating them, the book shows the relationship between human individuals and their agency; social structures, both as the initial context and as resulting from human agency; and technology that has been developed and applied by human agents’ choices within social contexts.

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Matej Makarovič, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies (Nova Gorica, Slovenia) and Jean Monnet Chair in the field of governance for sustainable development. He is the co-chair of the Research Network for Sociology of Social Transformations of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the president of the National Committee of the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) at the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. He was a visiting scholar at several universities and research centres in the United States of America, Lebanon, Ireland, Czech Republic and Romania.

Borut Rončevič, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies (Nova Gorica, Slovenia) and Faculty of Information Studies (Novo mesto, Slovenia). He is the fellow of Regional Studies Association. He is Jean Monnet Chair of Cultural Political Economy of Europe 2030 and the head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Technologies and Innovations in Regional Development” (2017–2020) and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Strategic Observatory for Europe 2030.” He was a visiting scholar at academic institutions in United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Denmark, Lebanon and Croatia.

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