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In the 'life' of technical objects and infrastructures repair and maintenance are central practices, both economically and culturally. This book foregrounds these activities, rarely examined until now, and looks into the forms of knowledge of different cultures of repair. In the process, the expertise and political ambitions of human actors receive as much consideration as the internal dynamics of the objects themselves. The articles focus on practices such as watch or computer repair, as well as on spaces such as the home, the hospital, the Repair Cafe, and the city of the 'Global South'. In addition, the book also investigates the extent to which repair and repair-friendly design can contribute to more sustainability.
Stefan Krebs ist Senior Research Scientist for Contemporary History am Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) an der Universität Luxemburg.Gabriele Schabacher (Dr. phil.) ist Professorin für Medienkulturwissenschaft an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.Heike Weber (Dr. phil.) ist Professorin für Technikkulturwissenschaft am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte liegen in der Technik-, Konsum- und Mediengeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts.
Besprochen in:desognreport, 5 (2018), Markus Zehentbauer
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