ISBN-10:
0262018071
ISBN-13:
9780262018074
Pub. Date:
09/21/2012
Publisher:
MIT Press
Coding Places: Software Practice in a South American City

Coding Places: Software Practice in a South American City

by Yuri Takhteyev
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ISBN-13: 9780262018074
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/21/2012
Series: Acting with Technology
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Yuri Takhteyev is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Information and the Institute of Communication, Culture, and Information Technology at the University of Toronto. Takhteyev, who grew up in the Soviet Union, worked in Silicon Valley before he went to Brazil to study the software industry there.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note on Translation, Quoting, and Pseudonyms xiii

0 The Wrong Place 1

1 Global Worlds of Practice 21

2 The Global Tongue 47

3 Nerds from the Baixada and Other Places 71

4 Software Brasileiro 93

5 Downtown Professionals 115

6 Porting Lua 135

7 Fast and Patriotic 159

8 Dreams of a Culture Farmer 179

9 Conclusion 205

Notes 217

References 231

Index 241

What People are Saying About This

Diane Bailey

By examining software development in the 'wrong place' of Rio de Janeiro, Yuri Takhteyev shows us with vivid accounts and clear narrative how individuals who work far from the geographic hubs of their field create local connections and shape local environments even as they embrace global culture and pursue global dreams for themselves and their locations. The concept of a 'wrong place' proves an immediately beguiling and completely original approach for understanding work in the global setting; Takhteyev's choice of Rio, in particular, is nothing short of brilliant.

From the Publisher

By examining software development in the 'wrong place' of Rio de Janeiro, Yuri Takhteyev shows us with vivid accounts and clear narrative how individuals who work far from the geographic hubs of their field create local connections and shape local environments even as they embrace global culture and pursue global dreams for themselves and their locations. The concept of a 'wrong place' proves an immediately beguiling and completely original approach for understanding work in the global setting; Takhteyev's choice of Rio, in particular, is nothing short of brilliant.

Diane Bailey , School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Coding Places opens the black box of 'globalization' to show us the pieces involved in that process—people, technical objects, government agencies, universities, businesses—in intimate detail: how they work, what they need to survive, what they furnish to others, the network of their connections, conflicts, and accommodations. We see the whole machine in operation: how the many possible inputs generate a variety of outputs, technically and organizationally. And we learn a way of thinking that we can apply to the arts, science, or business, to any kind of activity with worldwide extension and ramifications. It does all this with a depth of vision and a clarity in telling the story seldom found in the social sciences.

Howard S. Becker , author of Outsiders and Art Worlds

Software development is no longer limited geographically but is expanding to different regions of the world. Yuri Takhteyev has produced an insightful work that provides a critical account of software developers and their role in the global knowledge economy. This is a fascinating story of knowledge workers in a region that has the potential to become the next Silicon Valley.

Alladi Venkatesh , Professor and Associate Director, Center for Research on Information Technology, University of California, Irvine

Endorsement

Software development is no longer limited geographically but is expanding to different regions of the world. Yuri Takhteyev has produced an insightful work that provides a critical account of software developers and their role in the global knowledge economy. This is a fascinating story of knowledge workers in a region that has the potential to become the next Silicon Valley.

Alladi Venkatesh, Professor and Associate Director, Center for Research on Information Technology, University of California, Irvine

Howard S. Becker

Coding Places opens the black box of 'globalization' to show us the pieces involved in that process—people, technical objects, government agencies, universities, businesses—in intimate detail: how they work, what they need to survive, what they furnish to others, the network of their connections, conflicts, and accommodations. We see the whole machine in operation: how the many possible inputs generate a variety of outputs, technically and organizationally. And we learn a way of thinking that we can apply to the arts, science, or business, to any kind of activity with worldwide extension and ramifications. It does all this with a depth of vision and a clarity in telling the story seldom found in the social sciences.

Alladi Venkatesh

Software development is no longer limited geographically but is expanding to different regions of the world. Yuri Takhteyev has produced an insightful work that provides a critical account of software developers and their role in the global knowledge economy. This is a fascinating story of knowledge workers in a region that has the potential to become the next Silicon Valley.

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