Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design

Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design

by James Leach
     
 

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This book explores alternative cultural encounters with and around information technologies. These encounters are alternative because they counter dominant, Western-oriented notions of media consumption; they include media practices as forms of cultural resistance and subversion, "DIY cultures,"
and other nonmainstream models of technology production. The

Overview

This book explores alternative cultural encounters with and around information technologies. These encounters are alternative because they counter dominant, Western-oriented notions of media consumption; they include media practices as forms of cultural resistance and subversion, "DIY cultures,"
and other nonmainstream models of technology production. The contributors -- leading thinkers in science and technology studies, anthropology, and software design -- pay special attention to the specific inflections that different cultures and communities give to the value of knowledge. The richly detailed accounts presented here challenge the dominant view of knowledge as a neutral good -- information available for representation and encoding but separated from all social relations.
The chapters examine specific cases in which the forms of knowledge and cross-cultural encounters are shaping technology use and development. They consider design, use, and reuse of technological tools, including databases, GPS devices,
books, and computers, in locations that range from Australia and New Guinea to
Germany and the United States.

ContributorsPoline Bala, Alan Blackwell, Wade
Chambers, Michael Christie, Hildegard Diemberger, Stephen Hugh-Jones, James Leach,
Jerome Lewis, Dawn Nafus, Gregers Petersen, Marilyn Strathern, David Turnbull, Helen
Verran, Laura Watts, Lee Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262525831
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/31/2014
Series:
Infrastructures
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James Leach is Professor of Anthropology and ARC Future Fellow at the
School of Social and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia and
Directeur de recherché at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/CREDO,
France. Lee Wilson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Political
Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.

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