chapter  11
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Appropriating Innovation: For What Purpose?

Innovation owes its central position in discourses, policies and theories today to the dominant representation of innovation as technological. Technological innovation is one of the connotations that gave the word innovation a positive value after 2,500 years of condemnation. But why has the phrase technological innovation acquired such an aura in the modern imaginary, and what is the root of the ideology or worldview of innovation? The word technology has existed in the vocabulary for over a century, and before technology there was invention.