n Latin American Report - Culture, science and technology in poverty and underdevelopment : research article

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The article discusses the fundamental cyclical relationship between technology and culture and suggests that it is only possible to understand what is involved in modernization if that concept is related to traditional cultures. History teaches us that possessing advanced science and technology confers political power and a dynamic economy on the possessor. Obviously, science and technology are at the root of the inequality that exists between advanced and developing nations, but an approach based on the notion that science and technology are neutral ignores reality. Endogenous technology that is, technology that is produced from within and by a culture should be assigned the important role it deserves. Traditional cultures also need to bring themselves into accord with the empirical-objective methods of modern science and technology. Development should be literally centred in the human being, and culture is the social matrix.

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