Subversion, Conversion, Development

From Infrastructures

Subversion, Conversion, Development

Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design

Edited by James Leach and Lee Wilson

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

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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

Hardcover

$64.00 S ISBN: 9780262027168 272 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 11 figures

Paperback

$32.00 S ISBN: 9780262525831 272 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 11 figures

Editors

James Leach

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 Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/CREDO, France.

Lee Wilson

Lee Wilson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.