Rudi Volti

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

With Pitzer Since: 1969
Field Group: Sociology
Campus Address: Broad Hall 212
Campus email: rudi_volti@pitzer.edu

Educational Background

MA, PhD, Rice University
BA, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Expertise

Technology and society, social bases of economic structure and behavior, automobility, sociology of work and occupations

Recent Scholarly Publications

Technology and Commercial Air Travel (Washington, DC: The American Historical Association, 2015)

Society and Technological Change (7th edition). New York, NY: Worth Publishers, 2014.

“Work and Unemployment,” in A. Javier Trevino, ed., Investigating Social Problems, Thousand Oaks, CA:  SAGE Publications, 2014.

“A Car for the Great Asian Multitude,” Technology and Culture, 49, 4 (October 2008)

“The Automobile and the Environment,” in Kim Kennedy White (ed.) America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States (Broomfield, CO: ABC/Clio, 2012)

“Worker Innovation: “Did Maoist Promotion Contribute to China’s Present Technological and Economic Success?” in Darryl Brock and Nancy Chunjuan Wei (eds.), Mr. Science and Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013)

Society and Technological Change  (New York:  St. Martin’s Press, 1988;  2nd edition, 1992; 3rd edition, 1995, 4­th edition, Worth Publishers, 2001, 5th edition, 2005. 6th edition, 2009; 7th edition, 2013).

An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations ( Thousand Oaks, CA:  Pine Forge Press, 2008, 2nd edition, 2012)

Conferences and Invited Talks

“Putting it all Together without a Shop Manual,” keynote address at the semi-annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Historians, Palo Alto, CA, March 2014.

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

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