Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power

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From the vernacular engineering of Latino car design to environmental analysis among rural women to the production of indigenous herbal cures-groups outside the centers of scientific power persistently defy the notion that they are merely passive recipients of technological products and scientific knowledge. This is the first study of how such "outsiders" reinvent consumer products-often in ways that embody critique, resistance, or outright revolt.Contributors: Richard M. Benjamin, Miami U; Hank Bromley, SUNY, Buffalo; Massimiano Bucchi, U of Trento, Italy; Carmen M. Concepción, U of Puerto Rico; Virginia Eubanks, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Gitelman, Catholic U; David Albert Mhadi Goldberg, California College of Arts and Crafts; Samuel M. Hampton; Michael K. Heiman, Dickinson College; Linda Price King; Valerie Kuletz; Lisa Jean Moore, College of Staten Island, CUNY; Brian Martin Murphy, Niagra U; Paul Rosen, U of York; Michael Scarce, Peter Taylor, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Turtle Heart. Ron Eglash is assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jennifer Croissant is associate professor at the University of California. Giovanna Di Chiro is assistant professor at Allegheny College. Rayvon Fouché is assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816634279
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2004
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Appropriating technology : an introduction
I Body tech
1 The uses of scientific fact : Pasteur's public experiment on anthrax in the popular press of the time 5
2 The bodybuilder's pharmacy 33
3 "All in my bag of tricks" : turning a trick with the appropriate(d) technology 51
4 Anal sex and the female condom : are gay men getting a bum wrap? 63
5 Border skirmishes : gender, new technologies, and the persistence of structure 79
II Information technologies
6 The scratch is hip-hop : appropriating the phonographic medium 107
7 Cultural paths to computing : African American women in a community technology center 145
8 Cyberfeminism meets NAFTAzteca : recoding the technotext 151
9 Propagating alternative journalism through social justice cyberspace : the appropriation of computer networks for alternative media development in the 1990s 163
10 The American Indian computer art project : an interview with Turtle Heart 181
III Environments
11 Science by the people : grassroots environmental monitoring and the debate over scientific expertise 207
12 Local actions, global visions : remaking environmental expertise 225
13 The use of computerized GIS mapping systems in the struggle for environmental justice 253
14 Encounters between community-based knowledge and environmental science : an interview with Linda Price King 265
15 Appropriate/d technology, cultural revival, and environmental activism : a native American case study 287
16 "Whose trees/interpretations are these?" : bridging the divide between subjects and outsider-researchers 305
IV Invention
17 Not made for black history month : Lewis Latimer and technological assimilation 315
18 Unexpected pleasures : phonographs and cultural identities in America, 1895-1915 331
19 Close encounters of another kind : young gay men and the technological self 345
20 Up the Velorution : appropriating the bicycle and the politics of technology 365
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