Ham Radio's Technical Culture

Ham Radio's Technical Culture

by Kristen Haring
     
 

A history of ham radio culture: how ham radio enthusiasts formed identity and community through their technical hobby, from the 1930s through the Cold War.See more details below

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A history of ham radio culture: how ham radio enthusiasts formed identity and community through their technical hobby, from the 1930s through the Cold War.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Kristen Haring has written a valentine to the ham radio community....

[The book] situates radio hobbyists not only in the technological realm but within the worlds of work and home, as consumers and as contributors to civil defense." Michele Hilmes The Wilson Quarterly

"This book will help us better understand ourselves." William Klykylo (WA8FOZ) CQ Magazine

"With its detailed and interesting analysis of the interaction between technical cultures and technical identities, [this book] makes an important contribution to technology studies. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in the complicated interactions between technology, culture, and society." Sungook Hong Isis

The Wilson Quarterly - Michele Hilmes
Kristen Haring has written a valentine to the ham radio community....

[The book] situates radio hobbyists not only in the technological realm but within the worlds of work and home, as consumers and as contributors to civil defense.

CQ Magazine - William Klykylo (WA8FOZ)
This book will help us better understand ourselves.

Isis - Sungook Hong
With its detailed and interesting analysis of the interaction between technical cultures and technical identities, [this book] makes an important contribution to technology studies. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in the complicated interactions between technology, culture, and society.

Amanda R. Keeler
...an insightful historical exploration into the emergence and continued viability of ham radio over the course of the past eight decades.

QST Magazine - Gil McElroy
Chapters dealing with the historical relationships between manufacturers of radio equipment and amateurs (in which Haring includes an examination of the significance of the kit building phenomenon upon the development of Amateur Radio); the role played by amateurs within technical professions in what Haring calls a 'complicated hybrid identity' that pitted professional affiliation against amateur individualism; and the ways in which Amateur Radio fought for and preserved its place in American society during the Cold War and Vietnamall are well worth the reading for the fascinating historical picture they present.

Cultural Geographies - Hilary Geoghegan
Drawing on archive material, Haring composes an account as interesting to the historian of technology as to the cultural geographer with interests in concepts of home, leisure, masculinity and technology...Haring succinctly captures the hidden world of the radio ham, adding a charming dimension to cultural geography's current fascination with more advanced scientific and technical cultures.

Technology and Culture - Douglas Craig
Haring provides a fascinating interpretation of ham radio as 'a socially sanctioned escape' for men within the home.

Bookforum - Reena Jana
In this engaging study, [Haring] has constructed the story of a particular (and peculiar) technology and the cultish, fraternity-like following that sustained it for decades.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262083553
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
Inside Technology
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
1,507,361
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kristen Haring is Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University. She holds degrees in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in history of science from Harvard University. Haring's work has been recognized by the Society for the History of Technology, which awarded her the IEEE Life Members' Prize in Electrical History for portions of Ham Radio's Technical Culture. She has served on the board of directors of the Keith Haring Foundation since its creation by her brother in 1989.

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