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Beyond Imported Magic

Edited by Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques and Christina Holmes

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780262027458
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780262325509 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262027458.001.0001
Beyond Imported Magic

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The essays in this volume study the creation, adaptation, and use of science and technology in Latin America. They challenge the view that scientific ideas and technology travel unchanged from the global North to the global South—the view of technology as “imported magic.” They describe not only alternate pathways for innovation, invention, and discovery but also how ideas and technologies circulate in Latin American contexts and transnationally. The contributors’ explorations of these issues, and their examination of specific Latin American experiences with science and technology, offer a broader, more nuanced understanding of how science, technology, politics, and power interact in the past and present and further conversations among STS scholars in South America, North America, and Europe. The essays in this book use methods from history and the social sciences to investigate forms of local creation and use of technologies; the circulation of ideas, people, and artifacts in local and global networks; and hybrid technologies and forms of knowledge production. They address such topics as the work of female forensic geneticists in Colombia; the pioneering Argentinean use of fingerprinting technology in the late nineteenth century; athe design, use, and meaning of the XO Laptops created and distributed by the One Laptop per Child Program; and the development of nuclear energy in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile.

Keywords: Science studies; Technology studies; history of technology; history of science; Latin America; science and technology policy; globalization; technology transfer; development; postcolonial studies

Book.  410 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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