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Electrifying anthropology : exploring electrical practices and infrastructures

Author: Simone Abram; Brit Ross Winthereik; Thomas Yarrow; Anjan Sarkar
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.
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"What kinds of expertise and knowledge relate to electricity, and where is the space for alternative voices? How can the new roles for electricity in social and cultural life be acknowledged? How can we speak about 'it' in its own right while acknowledging that electricity is not one thing? This book re-describes electricity and its infrastructures using insights from anthropology and science and technology studies,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Electrifying anthropology.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
(DLC) 2019002793
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simone Abram; Brit Ross Winthereik; Thomas Yarrow; Anjan Sarkar
ISBN: 1350102652 9781350102668 1350102660 9781350102651
OCLC Number: 1091235412
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Current thinking : an introduction / Simone Abram, Brit Winthereik & Tom Yarrow --
Electricity is not a noun / Gretchen Bakke --
Widened reason and deepened optimism : electricity and morality in Durkheim's anthropology and our own / Leo Coleman --
No current : electricity and disconnection in rural India / Jamie Cross --
What the e-bike tells us about the anthropology of energy / Nathalie Ortar --
At the edge of the network of power in Japan, c.1910s-1960s / Hiroki Shin --
Can the Mekong speak? : on hydropower, models and thing-power / Casper Bruun Jensen --
Electrification and the everyday spaces of state power in postcolonial Mozambique / Joshua Kirshner & Marcus Power --
Big grid : the computing beast that preceded big data / Canay Özden-Schilling --
Touring the nuclear sublime : power plant tours as tools of government / Tristan Loloum.
Responsibility: edited by Simone Abram, Durham University ; Brit Winthereik, IT University of Copenhagen ; Tom Yarrow, Durham University ; with illustrations by Anjan Sarkar.

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"What kinds of expertise and knowledge relate to electricity, and where is the space for alternative voices? How can the new roles for electricity in social and cultural life be acknowledged? How can we speak about 'it' in its own right while acknowledging that electricity is not one thing? This book re-describes electricity and its infrastructures using insights from anthropology and science and technology studies, raising fascinating questions about the contemporary world and its future. Through ethnographic studies of bulbs, bicycles, dams, power grids and much more, the contributors shed light on practices that are often overlooked, showing how electricity is enacted in multiple ways. Electrifying Anthropology moves beyond the idea of electricity as an immovable force, and instead offers a set of potential trajectories for thinking about electricity and its effects in contemporary society. With new contributions on an emerging area of research, this timely collection will be of value to students and scholars of anthropology, science and technology studies, geography and engineering."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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