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Book Fixing and Circulating the Popular: Ethnographies of Technology, Media, Archives and the Disseminati
Editor , Hengartner Thomas; , Müske Johannes; , Holfelder Ute
Publisher Chronos, Zürich
Page(s) 1
ISBN 3034013949
Title of proceedings Fixing and Circulating the Popular: Ethnographies of Technology, Media, Archives and the Disseminati

Abstract

Technology and the technical are an integral part of our everyday lives, and thus of our horizons of knowledge, action, ordering and orientation. By extension, the study of the techn(nolog)ical character of culture must be the central focus of an empirical study of everyday culture. The question of how the technical affects and continuously changes socio-cultural action, modes of perception, imagination and values and the consequences thereof can only in part be answered by means of the analysis of technical artefacts and their usage. Equally important is the question of the “situation of the technical in life”. The focus here is on the analysis of the overt and covert, conscious and often unconscious penetration of life by the technical, both in the past and in the present. This article discusses the relationships between culture and technology – or between culture as technology – on three levels. First, it will address the emergence of a “technical world”. Second, it will outline key perspectives of a cultural studies focused explicitly on the technical. Finally, it will discuss approaches to a study of technology that does justice to the “culturality of technology” or, alternatively, the “technicity of culture”.
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