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

9780262526203Eden Medina avisa de este nuevo libro que seguro será de interés para los lectores de este blog. Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America. Edited by Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes. Foreword by Marcos Cueto. MIT Press, 2014, 396 pp. Entre los autores está el contribuidor de EdlE Manuel Tironi.

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 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.


Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Morgan G. Ames, Javiera Barandiarán, João Biehl, Anita Say Chan, Amy Cox Hall, Henrique Cukierman, Ana Delgado, Rafael Dias, Adriana Díaz del Castillo H., Mariano Fressoli, Jonathan Hagood, Christina Holmes, Matthieu Hubert, Noela Invernizzi, Michael Lemon, Ivan da Costa Marques, Gisela Mateos, Eden Medina, María Fernanda Olarte Sierra, Hugo Palmarola, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Julia Rodriguez, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Edna Suárez Díaz, Hernán Thomas, Manuel Tironi, Dominique Vinck

Table of Contents

1     Introduction: Beyond Imported Magic// Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes

SECTION 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: Experiences of Invisible Women Scientists Practicing Forensic Genetics in Colombia // Tania Pérez-Bustos, María Fernanda Olarte Sierra, and Adriana Díaz del Castillo H.

5     Ontological Politics and Latin American Local Knowledges // Ivan da Costa Marques

6     Technology in an Expanded Field: A Review of History of Technology Scholarship on Latin America in Select English-Language Journals // Michael Lemon and Eden Medina

SECTION II:  Local and Global Networks of Innovation

7     South Atlantic Crossings: Fingerprints, Science, and the State In Turn of the Twentieth Century Argentina // Julia Rodriguez

8     Tropical Assemblage: The Soviet Large Panel in Cuba // Hugo Palmarola and Pedro Alonso

9     Balancing Design: OLPC Engineers and ICT Translations at the Periphery // Anita Chan

10    Translating Magic: The Charisma of OLPC’s XO Laptop in Paraguay // Morgan G. Ames

11    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: How has an Emerging Area on the Scientific Agenda of the Core Countries been Adopted and Transformed in Latin America? // Noela Invernizzi, Matthieu Hubert, and Dominique Vinck

12    Latin America as Laboratory: The Camera and the Yale Peruvian Expeditions // Amy Cox Hall

SECTION III: Science, Technology and Latin American Politics

13     Bottling Atomic Energy: Technology, Politics, and the State in Peronist Argentina // Jonathan Hagood

14     Peaceful Atoms in Mexico // Gisela Mateos and Edna Suárez Díaz

15     Neoliberalism as Political Technology: Expertise, Energy and Democracy in Chile // Manuel Tironi and Javiera Barandiarán

16     Creole Interferences: A Conflict on Biodiversity and Ownership in the South of Brazil // Ana Delgado and Israel Rodriguez-Giralt

17     The Juridical Hospital: Patient-Citizen-Consumers Claiming the Right to Health in Brazilian Courts // João Biehl

ISBN: 9780262526203 (paperback)
Also available in hardback and Kindle

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