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Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America

Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes


The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South—the view of technology as “imported magic.” They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The contributors’ explorations of these issues, and their examination of specific Latin American experiences with science and technology, offer a bro ... More

Keywords: Science studies, Technology studies, history of technology, history of science, Latin America, science and technology policy, globalization, technology transfer, development, postcolonial studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027458
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eden Medina, editor
Indiana University, Bloomington

Ivan da Costa Marques, editor

Christina Holmes, editor

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1 Introduction: Beyond Imported Magic

Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

Part I Latin American Perspectives on Science, Technology, and Society

2 Who Invented Brazil?

Henrique Cukierman

3 Innovation and Inclusive Development in the South: A Critical Perspective

Mariano Fressoli, Rafael Dias, and Hernán Thomas

4 Working with Care: Narratives of Invisible Women Scientists Practicing Forensic Genetics in Colombia

Tania Pérez-Bustos, María Fernanda Olarte Sierra, and Adriana Díaz del Castillo H..

Part II Local and Global Networks of Innovation

8 Tropical Assemblage: The Soviet Large Panel in Cuba

Hugo Palmarola and Pedro Ignacio Alonso

Part III Science, Technology, and Latin American Politics

14 Peaceful Atoms in Mexico

Gisela Mateos and Edna Suárez-Díaz

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