Repair  Brokenness  Breakthrough Book

Repair Brokenness Breakthrough


  • Author : Francisco Martínez
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789203325

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Repair Brokenness Breakthrough Excerpt :

Exploring some of the ways in which repair practices and perceptions of brokenness vary culturally, Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough argues that repair is both a process and also a consequence which is sought out—an attempt to extend the life of things as well as an answer to failures, gaps, wrongdoings, and leftovers. This volume develops an open-ended combination of empirical and theoretical questions including: What does it mean to claim that something is broken? At what point is something broken repairable? What are the social relationships that take place around repair? And how much tolerance for failure do our societies have?

Thrift and Its Paradoxes Book

Thrift and Its Paradoxes


  • Author : Catherine Alexander
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2022-04-08
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800734630

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Thrift and Its Paradoxes Excerpt :

Thrift is a central concern for most people, especially in turbulent economic times. It is both an economic and an ethical logic of frugal living, saving and avoiding waste for long-term kin care. These logics echo the ancient ideal of household self-sufficiency, contrasting with capitalism’s wasteful present-focused growth. But thrift now exceeds domestic matters straying across scales to justify public expenditure cuts. Through a wide range of ethnographic contexts this book explores how practices and moralities of thrift are intertwined with austerity, debt, welfare, and patronage across various social and temporal scales and are constantly re-negotiated at the nexus of socio-economic, religious, and kinship ideals and praxis.

Remaking the Human Book

Remaking the Human


  • Author : Alvaro Jarrín
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2021-04-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800730328

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Remaking the Human Excerpt :

The technological capacity to transform biology - repairing, reshaping and replacing body parts, chemicals and functions – is now part of our lives. Humanity is confronted with a variety of affordable and non-invasive 'enhancement technologies': anti-ageing medicine, aesthetic surgery, cognitive and sexual enhancers, lifestyle drugs, prosthetics and hormone supplements. This collection focuses on why people find these practices so seductive and provides ethnographic insights into people’s motives and aspirations as they embrace or reject enhancement technologies, which are closely entangled with negotiations over gender, class, age, nationality and ethnicity.

Peripheral Methodologies Book

Peripheral Methodologies


  • Author : Francisco Martínez
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-04-28
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000211016

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Peripheral Methodologies Excerpt :

How does peripherality challenge methodology and theory-making? This book examines how the peripheral can be incorporated into ethnographic research, and reflects on what it means to be on the periphery – ontologically and epistemologically. Starting from the premise that clarity and fixity as ideals of modernity prevent us from approaching that which cannot be easily captured and framed into scientific boundaries, the book argues for remaining on the boundary between the known and the unknown in order to surpass this ethnographic limit. Peripheral Methodologies shows that peripherality is not only to be seen as a marginal condition, but rather as a form of theory-making and practice that incorporates reflexivity and experimentation. Instead of domesticating the peripheral, the authors engage in (and insist on) practicing expertise in reverse, unlearning their tools in order to integrate the empirical and analytical otherwise.

A City Is Not a Computer Book

A City Is Not a Computer


  • Author : Shannon Mattern
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-10
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691208053

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A City Is Not a Computer Excerpt :

A bold reassessment of "smart cities" that reveals what is lost when we conceive of our urban spaces as computers Computational models of urbanism—smart cities that use data-driven planning and algorithmic administration—promise to deliver new urban efficiencies and conveniences. Yet these models limit our understanding of what we can know about a city. A City Is Not a Computer reveals how cities encompass myriad forms of local and indigenous intelligences and knowledge institutions, arguing that these resources are a vital supplement and corrective to increasingly prevalent algorithmic models. Shannon Mattern begins by examining the ethical and ontological implications of urban technologies and computational models, discussing how they shape and in many cases profoundly limit our engagement with cities. She looks at the methods and underlying assumptions of data-driven urbanism, and demonstrates how the "city-as-computer" metaphor, which undergirds much of today's urban policy and design, reduces place-based knowledge to information processing. Mattern then imagines how we might sustain institutions and infrastructures that constitute more diverse, open, inclusive urban forms. She shows how the public library functions as a steward of urban intelligence, and describes the scales of upkeep needed to sustain a city's many moving parts, from spinning hard drives to bridge repairs. Incorporating insights from urban studies, data science, and media and information studies, A City Is Not a Computer offers a visionary new approach to urban planning and design.

Politics of Recuperation Book

Politics of Recuperation


  • Author : Francisco Martinez
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-06-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000182682

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Politics of Recuperation Excerpt :

Through a range of ethnographic case studies focusing on the Portuguese recovery after the economic crisis, this book begins a conversation about the experience of recuperation and repair. Located in the cracks and gaps between the state and society, recuperation appears as a social and infrastructural answer linked to reciprocity, critical urbanity, generational interweaving, alternate ordering and reconnection of different bodies and histories. With chapters looking at public art in Lisbon and recuperative modes of action, this collection takes a thorough look at a society in crisis and shows how the people of the community create micro-politics of resistance. Ultimately, Politics of Recuperation reflects on the meaning of personal and collective resilience in Europe today, as well as on the limits and interstices of contemporary politics.

Appropriated Interiors Book

Appropriated Interiors


  • Author : Deborah Schneiderman
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-12-31
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000527612

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Appropriated Interiors Excerpt :

Appropriated Interiors uncovers the ways interiors participate explicitly and implicitly in embedded cultural and societal values and explores timely emergent scholarship in the fields of interior design history, theory, and practice. What is "appropriate" and "inappropriate" now? These are terms with particular interest to the study of the interior. Featuring thirteen original curated essays, Appropriated Interiors explores the tensions between normative interiors that express the dominant cultural values of a society and interiors that express new, changing, and even transgressive values. With case studies from the late eighteenth century to the twenty-first century, these historians, theorists, and design practitioners investigate the implications of interior design as it relates to politics, gender, identity, spatial abstraction, cultural expression, racial expression, technology, and much more. An informative read for students and scholars of design history and theory, this collection considers the standards, assumptions, codes, and/or conventions that need to be dismantled and how we can expand our understanding of the history, theory, and practice of interior design to challenge the status quo.

Modern Folk Devils Book

Modern Folk Devils


  • Author : Martin Demant Frederiksen
  • Publisher : Helsinki University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9789523690554

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Modern Folk Devils Excerpt :

The devilish has long been integral to myths, legends, and folklore, firmly located in the relationships between good and evil, and selves and others. But how are ideas of evil constructed in current times and framed by contemporary social discourses? Modern Folk Devils builds on and works with Stanley Cohen’s theory on folk devils and moral panics to discuss the constructions of evil. The authors present an array of case-studies that illustrate how the notion of folk devils nowadays comes into play and animates ideas of otherness and evil throughout the world. Examining current fears and perceived threats, this volume investigates and analyzes how and why these devils are constructed. The chapters discuss how the devilish may take on many different forms: sometimes they exist only as a potential threat, other times they are a single individual or phenomenon or a visible group, such as refugees, technocrats, Roma, hipsters, LGBT groups, and rightwing politicians. Folk devils themselves are also given a voice to offer an essential complementary perspective on how panics become exaggerated, facts distorted, and problems acutely angled. Bringing together researchers from anthropology, sociology, political studies, ethnology, and criminology, the contributions examine cases from across the world spanning from Europe to Asia and Oceania.

Iconoclasm and the Museum Book
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Iconoclasm and the Museum


  • Author : Stacy Boldrick
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-09-24
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429767241

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Iconoclasm and the Museum Excerpt :

Iconoclasm and the Museum addresses the museum’s historic tendency to be silent about destruction through an exploration of institutional attitudes to iconoclasm, or image breaking, and the concept’s place in public display. Presenting a selection of focused case studies, Boldrick examines long-standing desires to deface, dismantle, obscure or destroy works of art and historic artefacts, as well as motivations to protect and display broken objects. Considering the effects of iconoclastic practices on artworks and cultural artefacts and how those practices are addressed in institutions, the book examines changing attitudes to the intentional destruction of powerful artworks in the past and present. It ends with an analysis of creative destruction in contemporary art making and proposes that we are entering a new phase for museums, in which they acknowledge the critical roles destruction and loss play in the lives of objects and in contemporary political life. Iconoclasm and the Museum will be important reading for academics and students in fields such as museum and gallery studies, archaeology, art history, arts management, curatorial studies, cultural studies, history, heritage and religious studies. The book should also be of great interest to museum professionals, curators and collections management specialists, and artists.

Ethnographic Experiments with Artists  Designers and Boundary Objects Book

Ethnographic Experiments with Artists Designers and Boundary Objects


  • Author : Francisco Martínez
  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Release Date : 2021-11-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800081086

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Ethnographic Experiments with Artists Designers and Boundary Objects Excerpt :

Ethnographic Experiments with Artists, Designers and Boundary Objects is a lively investigation into anthropological practice. Richly illustrated, it invites the reader to reflect on the skills of collaboration and experimentation in fieldwork and in gallery curation, thereby expanding our modes of knowledge production. At the heart of this study are the possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations, the opportunity to use exhibitions as research devices, and the role of experimentation in the exhibition process. Francisco Martínez increases our understanding of the relationship between contemporary art, design and anthropology, imagining creative ways to engage with the contemporary world and developing research infrastructures across disciplines. He opens up a vast field of methodological explorations, providing a language to reconsider ethnography and objecthood while producing knowledge with people of different backgrounds.

Hitchhiking Book

Hitchhiking


  • Author : Patrick Laviolette
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-09-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030482480

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Hitchhiking Excerpt :

The first English-language social science book to comprehensively explore hitchhiking in the contemporary era in the West, this volume covers a lot of ground—it goes to and fro, in an echo of the modus operandi of most hitchhiking journeys. As scarification, piercings, and tattoos move from the counter-culture to popular culture, hitchhiking has remained an activity apart. Yet, with the assistance of virtual platforms and through its ever-growing memorialisation in literature and the arts, hitchhiking persists into the 21st century, despite the many social anxieties surrounding it. The themes addressed here thus include: adventure; gender; fear and trust; freedom and existential travel; road and transport infrastructures; communities of protest and resistance; civic surveillance and risk ecologies.

Moral Economy at Work Book

Moral Economy at Work


  • Author : Lale Yalçın-Heckmann
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2021-10-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800732360

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Moral Economy at Work Excerpt :

The idea of a moral economy has been explored and assessed in numerous disciplines. The anthropological studies in this volume provide a new perspective to this idea by showing how the relations of workers, employees and employers, and of firms, families and households are interwoven with local notions of moralities. From concepts of individual autonomy, kinship obligations, to ways of expressing mutuality or creativity, moral values exert an unrealized influence, and these often produce more consent than resistance or outrage.

Decolonizing Heritage Book

Decolonizing Heritage


  • Author : Ferdinand De Jong
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2022-03-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781316514535

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Decolonizing Heritage Excerpt :

An exploration of how Senegal has decolonised its cultural heritage sites since independence, many of which are remnants of the French empire.

The Material Subject Book

The Material Subject


  • Author : Urmila Mohan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-11-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000182224

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The Material Subject Excerpt :

The Material Subject emphasises how bodily and material cultures combine to make and transform subjects dynamically. The book is based on the French Matière à Penser (MaP) school of thought, which draws upon the ideas of Mauss, Schilder, Foucault and Bourdieu, among others, to enhance the anthropological study of embodiment, practices, techniques, materiality and power. Through theoretical sophistication and empirical field research, case studies from Europe, Africa and Asia bring MaP’s ideas into dialogue with other strands of material culture studies in the English-speaking world. These studies mediate different scales of engagement through a sensori-motor, affective and cognitive focus on practices of making and doing. Examples range from the precarity of professional divers in French public works to the gendered subjectivity of female carpet weavers in Morocco, from the ways Swiss watchmakers transmit craft knowledge to how Hindu devotees in India make efficacious use of altars, and from the enskilment of Paiwan indigenous people in Taiwan to the prestige of women’s wild silk wrappers in Burkina Faso. The chapters are organised according to domains of practice, defined as 'matter of' work and technology, heritage, politics, religion and knowledge. Scholars and students with an interest in material culture will gain valuable access to global research, rooted in a specific intellectual tradition.

Repair  Brokenness  Breakthrough Book

Repair Brokenness Breakthrough


  • Author : Francisco Martínez
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 1789203317

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Repair Brokenness Breakthrough Excerpt :

What does it mean to claim that something is broken? What is the connection between tinkering and innovation? And how much tolerance for failure do our societies have? Exploring some of the ways in which repair practices and perceptions of brokenness vary culturally, Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough argues that repair is an attempt to extend the life of things as well as an answer to failures, gaps, wrongdoings and leftovers. The set of contributions illustrates the strong affective power hidden in situations of disrepair and repair; broken objects often bring strong emotions into play, but also energising reactions of creative action.