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Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design

James Leach and Lee Wilson


Subversion, Conversion, Development explores alternative cultural encounters with and around information technologies, encounters that counter dominant, Western-oriented notions of media consumption. We include media practices as forms of cultural resistance and subversion, ‘DIY cultures’, and other non-mainstream models of technology production and consumption. 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 ... More

Keywords: ICTs, Knowledge forms, Design and Re-Design, Anthropology and Ethnography, Politics and Social Relations, Imaginaries, New Media, Participatory Design

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027168
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Leach, editor

Lee Wilson, editor

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