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Author Bhatia, Shobha K. (Shobha Krishna), 1949-

Title Bridging the gap between engineering and the global world : a case study of the coconut (coir) fiber industry in Kerala, India / Shobha K. Bhatia, Jennifer L. Smith.

Published San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2008]


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Physical description 1 electronic document (viii, 58 pages : illustrations (some colour)) : digital file.
monochrome rdacc
Series Synthesis lectures on engineering, technology, and society, 1933-3461 ; #6.
Synthesis lectures on engineering, technology, and society ; #6.
Notes Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Series from website.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 53-56).
Contents Reinforcing the classroom -- Natural plant fibers for engineering applications: technocentric and ecocentric dimensions of sustainability -- The coir fiber industry in kerala, india: sociocentric dimension of sustainability -- Case study -- Conclusion -- Bibliography.
Restrictions Abstract freely available; full-text restricted to subscribers or individual document purchasers.
Available to subscribers only.
Summary Over the last two decades, globalization has had a profound impact on how we view the world and its sustainability. One group of professionals that lies at the heart of sustainability is the engineers. Engineers are trained problem solvers, required to implement technical solutions and are at the forefront of the development of new technologies. Although engineers play a critical role in sustainability, traditional engineering programs typically only focus on the technocentric and ecocentric dimensions of sustainability, providing little training on the sociocentric dimension. With more and more interest in sustainability, it is becoming increasingly important to also provide engineers with an awareness of sociocentric issues and the necessary skills to address them. The aim of this book is to provide engineering educators with a real-life case study that can be brought into existing courses to help bridge the gap between engineering and the global world. The case study focuses on how our engineering study of different natural plant fibers for soil erosion control led us to small villages in Kerala, India, where marginalized women workers often stand waste deep in water several hours a day, clean and beat coconuts by hand, and separate and spin coconut (coir) fibers into yarn by hand, for very low wages. The case study provides insight into the three dimensions of sustainability (technocentric, ecocentric, and sociocentric) and how they come together in a typical engineering problem.
Other formats Also available in print.
System notes Mode of access: World Wide Web.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.
Notes Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on Oct. 10, 2008).
Other author Smith, Jennifer L. (Jennifer Lynn), 1968-
Subject Coir industry -- India -- Kerala.
Engineering -- Social aspects.
Plant fibers -- Industrial applications.
Sustainable engineering.
Other uniform title Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Standard Number 10.2200/S00112ED1V01Y200804ETS006
ISBN 1598296248 (electronic bk.)
9781598296242 (electronic bk.)