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An anthropology of the machine : Tokyo's commuter train network

Author: Michael Fisch, (Anthropologist)
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With its infamously packed cars and disciplined commuters, Tokyo's commuter train network is one of the most complex technical infrastructures on Earth. In An Anthropology of the Machine, Michael Fisch provides a nuanced perspective on how Tokyo's commuter train network embodies the lived realities of technology in our modern world. Drawing on his fine-grained knowledge of transportation, work, and everyday life in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Fisch, (Anthropologist)
ISBN: 9780226558554 022655855X 9780226558417 022655841X
OCLC Number: 1004256550
Description: xi, 302 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: toward a theory of the machine --
Finessing the interval --
Inhabiting the interval --
Operation without capacity --
Gaming the interval --
Forty-four minutes --
Ninety seconds --
Conclusion: reflections on the gap.
Responsibility: Michael Fisch.

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"In this lucid, passionate, and engaging book, Fisch plunges us into the mundane worlds of railway commuters in Tokyo. Focusing on the connections between unforgiving timetables, speeding trains, and Read more...

 
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