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“Civilization” and its discontents

“Civilization” and its discontents The Boxers and Luddites as heroes and villains JEFFREY WASSERSTROM [W]e have inherited the views of those who opposed machine breaking [and] constructed technological myths about the power of the past and promise of the future. And in the light of these myths the courageous Luddites were made to seem mistaken, pathetic, dan- gerous, and insane,... The term "luddite" became an epithet, a convenient device for disparaging and isolating the occasional opponent to progress and a charge to be avoided at all costs by thoughtful peo- ple. David E Noble, 19831 A bit of creative Luddism might not be amiss until we sort things out... An Australian labor leader, 19792 Ever since the bandit troubles of 1900, the name "Boxer" has become a general term for barbarity, irra- tionality and cruel slaughter. A Guowen Zhoubao [National Weekly] editorial, Not in vain did the Yi He Tuan [Boxer] heroes shed their blood. Their patriotism and dauntless courage will inspire the people forever. In the annals of the Chi- nese nation.., the Yi He Tuan will always be a lustrous chapter. Long live the anti-imperialist revolutionary spirit of the Yi He Tuan! A 1972 textbook account from the People's Republic of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Theory and Society Springer Journals

“Civilization” and its discontents

Theory and Society , Volume 16 (5) – Jun 2, 2004

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Springer Journals
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Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Philosophy of the Social Sciences
ISSN
0304-2421
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1573-7853
DOI
10.1007/BF00133392
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The Boxers and Luddites as heroes and villains JEFFREY WASSERSTROM [W]e have inherited the views of those who opposed machine breaking [and] constructed technological myths about the power of the past and promise of the future. And in the light of these myths the courageous Luddites were made to seem mistaken, pathetic, dan- gerous, and insane,... The term "luddite" became an epithet, a convenient device for disparaging and isolating the occasional opponent to progress and a charge to be avoided at all costs by thoughtful peo- ple. David E Noble, 19831 A bit of creative Luddism might not be amiss until we sort things out... An Australian labor leader, 19792 Ever since the bandit troubles of 1900, the name "Boxer" has become a general term for barbarity, irra- tionality and cruel slaughter. A Guowen Zhoubao [National Weekly] editorial, Not in vain did the Yi He Tuan [Boxer] heroes shed their blood. Their patriotism and dauntless courage will inspire the people forever. In the annals of the Chi- nese nation.., the Yi He Tuan will always be a lustrous chapter. Long live the anti-imperialist revolutionary spirit of the Yi He Tuan! A 1972 textbook account from the People's Republic of

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Published: Jun 2, 2004

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