[Themaintainers] Looking for bibliography: repair and material culture

Lee Vinsel lee.vinsel at gmail.com
Wed May 3 12:22:12 EDT 2017

Hi, Steve!

Thanks for the question. For a general bibliography of maintenance/repair,
I've seen lots of folks—including Andy Russell and me—rely on this handy
list put together by Alain Bovet of the Wohnforum at ETH Zurich (note: it
doesn't capture publications post-2015):

See also their project description:

Regarding textiles, I don't have specific sources, though I am generally
interested in how some industrialized nations moved from a world where
repairing clothing was the norm to a world where most clothing was/is
disposable. (Historian Nina Lerman got me thinking about this.) With this
thought in mind, I've been hoping to return to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's
_Age of Homespun_ to see if she addresses any of these themes. (She does
cover many maintenance/repair related topics in her midwife book.)

I also know that some STS scholars are interested in the maintenance/repair
of textiles and have been exploring related, typically-gendered metaphors,
like "mending." But sadly I don't know where to point you for this work.
Perhaps some other folks on this list will know.



On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 6:39 PM, Steven Lubar <steven_lubar at brown.edu> wrote:

> Any suggestions for readings that might be useful for a graduate course?
> I'm especially interested in textiles.
> Thanks,
> Steve

Assistant Professor and Director,
Program on Science and Technology Studies
College of Arts and Letters
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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