Empathy with materials: Rethinking the technical nature of action

Were, Graeme and Kuchler, Susanne (2009) Empathy with materials: Rethinking the technical nature of action. Techniques and Culture, 52-53 190-211.

Author Were, Graeme
Kuchler, Susanne
Title Empathy with materials: Rethinking the technical nature of action
Journal name Techniques and Culture
ISSN 0248-6016
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 52-53
Start page 190
End page 211
Total pages 22
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
Language eng
Abstract The importance of materials is often minimized in the analysis of social and technical systems as they shape the very foundations of the world in which we live. This article seeks to question this omission by drawing attention to the nature of materials and calculated actions they cause. We argue that the transformative potential of materials plays a critical role in their selection and use, which potential is associated with some empathy, a '   intersubjectivity   "Whose nature is crucial to understand how individuals interpret their social world in the abstract, generalized and often immutable. We examine the nature of empathy with the materials through a series of case studies brought the Pacific, where the role of concrete in the social imagination plays an important role in ethnographic studies, as opposed to collections of artifacts that curiously, remain on the sidelines, testimony from the description of the social world.
Keyword Materials
Oceanic collections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Translated journal title: Techniques et Culture

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