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Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design
By Lee Wilson (editor) and James Leach (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date April 25, 2014
Pages 257
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262525831
ISBN-10 0262525836
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.82 lbs.
Original list price $30.00
Other format details university press
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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



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With James Leach (other contributor) | from Mit Pr (April 25, 2014)
9780262525831 | details & prices | 257 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.82 lbs | List price $30.00
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