Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Patricia Wagner

First Committee Member

Rollin O. Dunston

Second Committee Member

James J. M. N[?]


The dramatic utilization of cybernated equipment has been one of the outstanding accomplishments of modern society. The benefits of this equipment, however, have not gone unchallenged. Since its introduction, automation has been a center of controversy, garnering ardent supporters and adamant critics. As a result, the impact of automation upon the individual and society has been the subject of study and research for both physical and social scientists.

It is the purpose of this study to (1) present a compendium of the literature about automation; (2) investigate the effect of automation upon the employment rate in the United States; (3) analyze the sociological ramifications of automation for labor and management.





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