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The CASTAC blog: System, Space, and Ecobiopolitics

By Lisa Messeri
Platypus: The CASTAC blog

Into the Extreme (Valerie Olson)Into the Extreme is an ethnography of human space flight based on fieldwork at NASA Johnson Space Center most prominently, but then also other space sites throughout the United States. What I think is most significant about this book is that it activates “system” as an ethnographic object. Valerie Olson, the author of Into the Extreme, defines system as a relational technology. To me this is the big picture of the book, so I would like to start by diving right into that terminology. Can you just unpack what you mean when you say that system is a relational technology?

 

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