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Beyond Imported MagicEssays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America$
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Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001

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Translating Magic: The Charisma of One Laptop per Child’s XO Laptop in Paraguay

Translating Magic: The Charisma of One Laptop per Child’s XO Laptop in Paraguay

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(p.207) 10 Translating Magic: The Charisma of One Laptop per Child’s XO Laptop in Paraguay
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Beyond Imported Magic
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Morgan G. Ames

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.003.0010

Ames describes the appeal of the XO laptop, created by the One Laptop per Child program, in Paraguay in terms of the concept of the charismatic object, which exerts power not because of what it is but because of what it promises to do. Tracing the everyday challenges related to the use of the XO laptop in the classroom and the networks of NGOs, teachers, and government officials involved in the program, Ames explains why the Paraguayan program has been more successful than most and retains its appeal despite those challenges.

Keywords:   Technology design, XO laptop, charismatic object, software engineering, educational software, NGO, Paraguay

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