Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power

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Ron Eglash
U of Minnesota Press, 2004 - Science - 401 pages
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From the vernacular engineering of Latino car design to environmental analysis among rural women to the production of indigenous herbal cures-groups outside the centers of scientific power persistently defy the notion that they are merely passive recipients of technological products and scientific knowledge. This is the first study of how such "outsiders" reinvent consumer products-often in ways that embody critique, resistance, or outright revolt.Contributors: Richard M. Benjamin, Miami U; Hank Bromley, SUNY, Buffalo; Massimiano Bucchi, U of Trento, Italy; Carmen M. Concepcin, U of Puerto Rico; Virginia Eubanks, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Gitelman, Catholic U; David Albert Mhadi Goldberg, California College of Arts and Crafts; Samuel M. Hampton; Michael K. Heiman, Dickinson College; Linda Price King; Valerie Kuletz; Lisa Jean Moore, College of Staten Island, CUNY; Brian Martin Murphy, Niagra U; Paul Rosen, U of York; Michael Scarce, Peter Taylor, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Turtle Heart.Ron Eglash is assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jennifer Croissant is associate professor at the University of California. Giovanna Di Chiro is assistant professor at Allegheny College. Rayvon Fouch is assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  

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See chapter on Young Gay Men and the Technological Self.

Contents

Body Tech Edited by Jennifer L Croissant
1
Michael Scarce
63
Structure Hank Bromley
79
Information Technologies Edited by Ron Eglash
101
Technology Center Samuel M Hampton
145
The Appropriation of Computer Networks for Alternative Media
163
Heart Ron Eglash
181
Environments Edited by Giovanna Di Chiro
191
Chiro
225
Environmental Justice Carmen M Concepcion
253
A Native American Case Study Valerie Kuletz
287
between Subjects and OutsiderResearchers Peter Taylor
305
America 18951915 Lisa Gitelman
331
Technological Self Richard M Benjamin
345
Technology Paul Rosen
365
Contributors
391

Debate over Scientific Expertise Michael K Heiman
207

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Eglash is associate professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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