Vernacular Science and Social Power
Explores how outsiders reinvent, rethink, and apply new technology in often subversive ways
This is the first study of how “outsiders” reinvent consumer products—often in ways that embody critique, resistance, or outright revolt.
Contributors: Richard M. Benjamin, Hank Bromley, Massimiano Bucchi, Carmen M. Concepción, Virginia Eubanks, Lisa Gitelman, David Albert, Mhadi Goldberg, Samuel M. Hampton, Michael K. Heiman, Linda Price King, Valerie Kuletz, Lisa Jean Moore, Brian Martin Murphy, Paul Rosen, Michael Scarce, Peter Taylor.
From the vernacular engineering of Latino car design to environmental analysis among rural women, to the production of indigenous herbal cures—groups outside the centers of scientific power persistently defy the notion that they are merely passive recipients of technological products and scientific knowledge. This is the first study of how such “outsiders” reinvent consumer products—often in ways that embody critique, resistance, or outright revolt.
Contributors: Richard M. Benjamin, Miami U; Hank Bromley, SUNY, Buffalo; Massimiano Bucchi, U of Trento, Italy; Carmen M. Concepción, U of Puerto Rico; Virginia Eubanks, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Gitelman, Catholic U; David Albert Mhadi Goldberg, California College of Arts and Crafts; Samuel M. Hampton; Michael K. Heiman, Dickinson College; Linda Price King; Valerie Kuletz; Lisa Jean Moore, College of Staten Island, CUNY; Brian Martin Murphy, Niagra U; Paul Rosen, U of York; Michael Scarce, Peter Taylor, U of Massachusetts, Boston; Turtle Heart.