Reading the iPod as an Anthropological Artifact: Click Wheels and Cargo Cults Lane Denicola

ISBN: 9780415801669

Published: September 1st 2011

Hardcover

128 pages


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Reading the iPod as an Anthropological Artifact: Click Wheels and Cargo Cults  by  Lane Denicola

Reading the iPod as an Anthropological Artifact: Click Wheels and Cargo Cults by Lane Denicola
September 1st 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 128 pages | ISBN: 9780415801669 | 3.51 Mb

This short book examines the iPod and other portable media technologies as vehicles for critical inquiry into American culture. It looks at their utility in understanding technological design and shaping it for democratic and socially just ends, and also their relevance to perceiving ourselves culturally, a crucial dimension of sound global citizenship.

The book begins in the tradition of Horace Miners classic by examining the dopi - a remote island community that has developed an intricate complex of beliefs, exchange practices, ornamentation, and trance-like rituals built around a single large shipment of artifacts washed upon its shores from distant, more technologically advanced societies. The Anthropology of Stuff is part of a new Series dedicated to innovative, unconventional ways to connect undergraduate students and their lived concerns about our social world to the power of social science ideas and evidence.



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