Subversion, conversion, development: cross-cultural knowledge exchange and the politics of design

Subversion, conversion, development: cross-cultural knowledge exchange and the politics of design. Edited by James Leach and Lee Wilson Cambridge, MA, United States: MIT Press, 2014.

Title Subversion, conversion, development: cross-cultural knowledge exchange and the politics of design
Place of Publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher MIT Press
Publication year 2014
Sub-type Edited book
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780262027168
9780262525831
Language eng
Editor James Leach
Lee Wilson
Total number of pages 248
Collection year 2015
Formatted Abstract/Summary
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
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Forthcoming May 2014

 
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Created: Wed, 27 Mar 2013, 18:21:21 EST by Lee Wilson on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies