Monday, February 10: Anthropology of Networks

This week we’ll consider how anthropologists have engaged with networks of various types, and what methodological challenges and opportunities such distributed systems present. We’ll also consider how the study of networks affords scholars, activists, policymakers, etc., a means of examining critical issues like identity and equity. How are networked technologies creating systems of both opportunity and social control? How might attention to such concerns promote more intentional technological development?

Guest: 5:00-5:45: Joshua Breitbart, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, NYC (Rescheduled from Feb. 3)

Guest: 6:00 to end of class: Ruha Benjamin (Skype)

To be reviewed before class:

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EXAMPLES WE’LL AIM TO ADDRESS IN CLASS, AND WHICH YOU’RE WELCOME TO EXAMINE IN ADVANCE:

 

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SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES:

  • Nikhil Anand, Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai (Duke University Press, 2017).
  • Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity, 2019).
  • Laura Forlano, “Making Waves: Urban Technology and the Co-Production of Place,First Monday 18:11 (November 2013).
  • Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox, Roads: An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise (Expertise: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge (Cornell University Press, 2015).
  • Kregg Hetherington, “Introduction: Keywords of the Anthropocene,” in Infrastructure, Environment, and Life in the Anthropocene (Duke University Press, 2019): 1-13.
  • Brian Larkin, “The Politics and Poetics of Infrastructure,” Annual Review of Anthropology 42 (2013): 327-43.
  • Brian Larkin, Signal and Noise: Media, Infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2008).
  • Shannon Mattern, “Waves and Wires: Cities of Electric Sound” in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
  • Rafico Ruiz, “Arctic Infrastructures: Tele Field Notes,” Communication 3:1 (2013): DOI: 0.7275/R5D21VHD.
  • Juan Francisco Salazar, “Polar Infrastructures” in Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway, and Genevieve Bell, eds., The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography (Routledge, 2016): 11 pp.
  • Susan Leigh Star, “The Ethnography of Infrastructure,” American Behavioral Scientist 43:3 (1999): 377-91.
  • Nicole Starosielski, The Undersea Networks (Duke University Press, 2015).

 

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