Nature, Technology and the Sacred

Nature, Technology and the Sacred,” [PDF], American Journal of Sociology, vol. 112, no. 6 (May 2007). (Review of Bronislaw Szerszynski, Nature, Technology and the Sacred), pp. 1937–1939. DOI: 10.1086/519706.

The classical sociologists, including Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, all argued that society was experiencing a rapid secularization, arising from the Enlightenment, industrialization, and capitalism. While Marx famously argued that under capitalism “all that is holy is profaned,” Weber just as famously referred to the “disenchantment of nature” associated with formal rationalization. Although by no means the first work to question this secularization thesis, Nature, Technology and the Sacred does so to a degree perhaps unequaled by any other analysis.

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