Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-cultural Knowledge Exchange And The Politics Of Design by James LeachSubversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-cultural Knowledge Exchange And The Politics Of Design by James Leach

Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-cultural Knowledge Exchange And The Politics Of Design

EditorJames Leach, Lee Wilson

Hardcover | April 25, 2014

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Explorations of design, use, and reuse of information technology in diverse historical and cultural contexts.

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.

Contributors
Poline 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

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 Internationa...
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Title:Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-cultural Knowledge Exchange And The Politics Of DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:April 25, 2014Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:026202716X

ISBN - 13:9780262027168

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