Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

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Emiliano Treré
Routledge, 2018

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This book is an extensive investigation of the complexities, ambiguities and shortcomings of contemporary digital activism. The author deconstructs the reductionism of the literature on social movements and communication, proposing a new conceptual vocabulary based on practices, ecologies, imaginaries and algorithms to account for the communicative complexity of protest movements. Drawing on extensive fieldwork on social movements, collectives and political parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, this book disentangles the hybrid nature of contemporary activism. It shows how activists operate merging the physical and the digital, the human and the non-human, the old and the new, the internal and the external, the corporate and the alternative. Continue reading

Being Modern: The Cultural Impact of Science in the Early Twentieth Century

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Edited by Robert Bud, Paul Greenhalgh, Frank James and Morag Shiach.
UCL Press, 2018

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In the early decades of the twentieth century, engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of modernity. This phenomenon is now attracting increasing attention in different historical specialties. Being Modern builds on this recent scholarly interest to explore engagement with science across culture from the end of the nineteenth century to approximately 1940. Continue reading

La movilidad del Saber científico en America Latina: objetos, prácticas e instituciones (siglos XVIII al XX)

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Edited by Carlos Casanueva Cerda
Universitaria, 2018

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¿Cómo viaja el conocimiento? Desde hace ya varios decenios se ha reflexionado sobre las formas de producción del conocimiento científico, así como de sus condiciones de movilidad. ¿Acaso es el desplazamiento de conocimiento una vía de una sola dirección? ¿Deberíamos poner atención a los mecanismos que han permitido el flujo de intercambios? El presente texto aborda las transferencias de saberes entre Europa y las Américas durante los siglos XVIII al XX. El objetivo es discutir los mecanismos a partir de los cuales el conocimiento se fue instalando a lo largo de las relaciones entre América y el Mundo Global. En este sentido el texto busca ser una plataforma de intercambio académico en un área que concita cada vez más interés en los estudios latinoamericanos. Continue reading

Inventing the Social

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Edited by Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim, and Alex Wilkie
Mattering Press, 2018

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Inventing the Social, edited by Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim and Alex Wilkie, showcases recent efforts to develop new ways of knowing society that combine social research with creative practice. With contributions from leading figures in sociology, architecture, geography, design, anthropology, and digital media, the book provides practical and conceptual pointers on how to move beyond the customary distinctions between knowledge and art, and on how to connect the doing, researching and making of social life in potentially new ways. Continue reading

Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands

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Sergio Sismondo
Mattering Press, 2018

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Ghost-Managed Medicine by Sergio Sismondo explores a spectral side of medical knowledge, based in pharmaceutical industry tactics and practices.

Hidden from the public view, the many invisible hands of the pharmaceutical industry and its agents channel streams of drug information and knowledge from contract research organizations (that extract data from experimental bodies) to publication planners (who produce ghostwritten medical journal articles) to key opinion leaders (who are sent out to educate physicians about drugs) to patient advocacy organizations (who ventriloquize views on diseases, treatments and regulations), and onward. The goal of this ‘assemblage marketing’ is to establish conditions that make specific diagnoses, prescriptions and purchases as obvious and frequent as possible. While staying in the shadows, companies create powerful markets in which increasing numbers of people become sick and the drugs largely sell themselves. Continue reading