Inscriptions of Nature: Geology and the Naturalization of Antiquity

Pratik Chakrabarti
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020

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In the nineteenth century, teams of men began digging the earth like never before. Sometimes this digging—often for sewage, transport, or minerals—revealed human remains. Other times, archaeological excavation of ancient cities unearthed prehistoric fossils, while excavations for irrigation canals revealed buried cities. Concurrently, geologists, ethnologists, archaeologists, and missionaries were also digging into ancient texts and genealogies and delving into the lives and bodies of indigenous populations, their myths, legends, and pasts. One pursuit was intertwined with another in this encounter with the earth and its inhabitants—past, present, and future.

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Politizar la tecnología. Radios comunitarias y derecho a la comunicación en los territorios digitales

Inés Binder y Santiago García Gago
Ediciones del Jinete Insomne, 2020

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Las radios comunitarias siempre han acompañado la defensa del territorios y los bienes comunes. Desde sus micrófonos desenmascararon las falsas promesas de las mineras y denunciaron cómo su explotación contaminaba los ríos; apoyaron la organización vecinal que luchaba por una vida digna en los barrios periféricos de las grandes ciudades; amplificaron los reclamos de los campesinos frente al ecocidio de los cultivos extensivos de palma africana; y reclamaron un espectro radioeléctrico más diverso que reflejara la realidad y la cultura de sus comunidades.

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Assetization: Turning Things into Assets in Technoscientific Capitalism

Edited by Kean Birch and Fabian Muniesa
MIT Press, 2020

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How the asset—anything that can be controlled, traded, and capitalized as a revenue stream—has become the primary basis of technoscientific capitalism.

The open access edition of this book was made possible by generous funding from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

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Global Gold Production Touching Ground

Edited by Boris Verbrugge and Sara Grenen
Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

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Explores how industrial gold mining and artisanal and small-scale gold mining are functionally integrated into the global gold production system
Presents a series of country case studies
Targets the intersection of development studies, resource governance and economic geography/globalization

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When Maps Become the World

Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther
University of Chicago Press, 2020

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Map making and, ultimately, map thinking is ubiquitous across literature, cosmology, mathematics, psychology, and genetics. We partition, summarize, organize, and clarify our world via spatialized representations. Our maps and, more generally, our representations seduce and persuade; they build and destroy. They are the ultimate record of empires and of our evolving comprehension of our world.

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