[Themaintainers] Repair Work Ethnographies and a Request

Robin Nagle rn1 at nyu.edu
Wed Feb 20 15:07:22 EST 2019

Hello, all--

/Repair Work Ethnographies/ looks like it could be a wonderful work, but 
Palgrave has it on the market for $96.00 (Kindle for $94.00). Such a 
prohibitive cost means that it won't make course lists or even personal 
bookshelves any time soon, and it will even be a tough sell for 
libraries. I've never understood the logic of such a pricing strategy.

-- Robin

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On 20/Feb/19 11:12, Lee Vinsel wrote:
> Hello, everybody.
> I can't remember if this has gone out to the list already, but I 
> wanted to draw (or re-draw) everyone's attention to new book on repair 
> work. Edited by Ignaz Strebel, Alain Bovet, and Phillipe Sormani, 
> /Repair Work Ethnographies: Revisiting Breakdown, Relocating 
> Materiality/ 
> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__books.google.com_books-3Fid-3DnXB-5FDwAAQBAJ-26source-3Dgbs-5Fnavlinks-5Fs&d=DwMFaQ&c=slrrB7dE8n7gBJbeO0g-IQ&r=4OosntkXJLX6xA0pj7vLkw&m=-M-ZyKEWJY62QrTER_Cs0b41x18797Qrzqu25vZnuAY&s=G0_Tq90JKC6eU7mDLNYgUgvBh9HKB1Z2ApK7YCGUP7o&e=>draws 
> together about ten ethnographies, including several by folks who have 
> presented at or been involved in The Maintainers. I paste a 
> description of the volume below.
> This brings me to my request: in the coming months, The Maintainers 
> organization will be revamping its communications efforts, and we 
> would love to highlight new publications on maintenance, repair, 
> infrastructure, and related topics. So, if you or others have 
> something coming out, please let us know, and we will be happy to 
> promote the work! Thanks.
> Best,
> Lee
>   Repair Work Ethnographies: Revisiting Breakdown, Relocating Materiality
> This pioneering book homes in on repair as an everyday practice. 
> Bringing together exemplary ethnographies of repair work around the 
> world, it examines the politics of repair, its work settings and 
> intricate networks, in and across a wide range of situations, lay and 
> professional. The book evidences the topical relevance of situated 
> inquiry into breakdown, repair, and maintenance for engaging with the 
> contemporary world more broadly. Airplanes and artworks, bicycles and 
> buildings, cars and computers, medical devices and mobile phones, as 
> virtually any commodity, infrastructure or technical artifact, have in 
> common their occasional breakdown, if not inbuilt obsolescence. Hence 
> the point and purpose of closely examining how and when they are fixed.
> -- 
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Science, Technology, and Society
> Virginia Tech
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