A New Industrial Future? examines whether a further industrial revolution is taking place around the world. In this compelling book Birtchnell and Urry examine such a new possible future involving the mass adoption of 3D printing. The locating of 3D printers in homes, offices, stores and workshops would disrupt existing systems and pose novel challenges for incumbents. The book drawing upon expert interviews, scenario workshops and various case studies assesses the potential future of global manufacturing, freight transport, world trade and land use. It offers the first book-length social scientific analysis of the character and impacts of a new system of manufacturing that is in formation. The book will be of interest to urban planners, policy makers, social scientists, futurologists, economists, as well as general readers by offering inquiry on this future upheaval in the means of production.
3D printing has become emblematic for deep-seated, ambivalent, and strange changes in our societies. Increasingly accessible, and increasingly powerful, it is unclear whose digital fabrications will be served by this potentially ubiquitous technology. Will it be manufacturers, hackers, makers, the military, peer-producers, or entirely new social figures? And what about relations between capital, labour, consumption and environment? Birtchnell and Urry provide a clear-sighted and measured analysis into these issues. Drawing upon the historical, geographic and social relations shaping the development of this technology, their book navigates some of the futures open to us, and makes clear the social choices involved right now. - Adrian Smith, Professor of Technology & Society, University of Sussex, UK
ANTINOMIES – NEW ROUTLEDGE SERIES
Innovations in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts
Series Editors: Anthony Elliott and Jennifer Rutherford
Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia
This series addresses the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and conceptual research on the cultural and institutional contradications of our times and our lives in these times. Antinomies publishes theoretically innovative work that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural, political and aesthetic change is rendered visible in the global age, and that is attentive to novel contradictions arising from global transformations. Books in the Series are from authors both well-established and early careers researchers. Authors will be recruited from many, diverse countries – but a particular feature of the Series will be its strong focus on research from Asia and Australasia. The Series addresses the diverse signatures of contemporary global contradictions, and as such seeks to promote novel transdisciplinary understandings in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts.
The Series Editors are especially interested in publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:
Please contact the series editors with proposals for the series at:
Anthony Elliott and Jennifer Rutherford
Hawke Research Institute
University of South Australia
Underdale SA 5032
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001