Beyond Imported Magic

Beyond Imported Magic

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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 qimported magic.q 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 broader, more nuanced understanding of how science, technology, politics, and power interact in the past and present.The essays in this book use methods from history and the social sciences to investigate forms of local creation and use of technologies; the circulation of ideas, people, and artifacts in local and global networks; and hybrid technologies and forms of knowledge production. They address such topics as the work of female forensic geneticists in Colombia; the pioneering Argentinean use of fingerprinting technology in the late nineteenth century; the design, use, and meaning of the XO Laptops created and distributed by the One Laptop per Child Program; and the development of nuclear energy in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile.ContributorsPedro Ignacio Alonso, Morgan G. Ames, Javiera BarandiarAin, JoApo Biehl, Anita Say Chan, Amy Cox Hall, Henrique Cukierman, Ana Delgado, Rafael Dias, Adriana DAsaz del Castillo H., Mariano Fressoli, Jonathan Hagood, Christina Holmes, Matthieu Hubert, Noela Invernizzi, Michael Lemon, Ivan da Costa Marques, Gisela Mateos, Eden Medina, MarAsa Fernanda Olarte Sierra, Hugo Palmarola, Tania PAcrez-Bustos, Julia Rodriguez, Israel RodrAsguez-Giralt, Edna SuAirez DAsaz, HernAin Thomas, Manuel Tironi, Dominique VinckThe essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America.

Title:Beyond Imported Magic
Author:Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, Marcos Cueto, Christina Holmes
Publisher:MIT Press - 2014-08-15


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