Cyborgs@Cyberspace?: An Ethnographer Looks to the Future (Paperback)David Hakken (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
-Langdon Winner, author of "The Whale and the Reactor
"Challenging the pervasive image of a computer revolution, Hakken insightfully demonstrates that information technology is better viewed as a new terrain of contestation than an ineluctable force. What's important is how the technology is perceived and which potentials people actually appropriate. Hakken's great strength lies in using interesting examples to map continuities in broader networks of social relations. He builds these into a sustained effort to reinvigorate general anthropology, uniquely extending the cyborg metaphor to link biological with cultural perspectives and treat technology and humanity in a unified frame."
-Gary Downey, author of "The Machine in Me, Routledge, 1998
"Hakken combines his unique ethnographies of computing cultures in England, Norway, and Sweden with his long term involvement in theoretical and political discussions of advanced information technologies. In an impressive tour de force, he develops a rich anthropological account of possible meanings of cyberspace that confront the usual stereotypes."
-Randi Markussen, Aarhus University, Denmark
"Hakken remains an ethnographer grounding his understandings in the acts, statements, and opinions of real people in real settings. He isparticularly good at puncturing technology-based visions that ignore social, cultural, political, and/or economic factors that do matter."
--Gregory Finnegan, "Harvard University
"This text offers a fascinating reflection on anthropological researchon computing and social change.."
-Ergonomics Abstracts, 2001, Volume 33, Number 3
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