[Themaintainers] Repair Work Ethnographies and a Request

Lara Houston lara at larahouston.co.uk
Wed Feb 20 15:57:28 EST 2019

Hi Robin

As a contributor I quite agree, and it’s much less accessible than any of us had hoped for when we set out with a different publisher. I believe it reflects the difficulties of getting edited collections off the ground today (and thanks to the editors for their careful work). I’d be happy to share author-draft copies of my chapter if it happens to be of interest to anyone on the list.

Warm wishes, Lara

On 20 February 2019 at 20:07:50, Robin Nagle (rn1 at nyu.edu) wrote:

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

Robin Nagle, PhD
Author, Picking Up
Director, Arts & Science Action Research | College of Arts & Science
Clinical Professor, Anthropology & Environmental Studies | Liberal Studies
Faculty Fellow in Residence | Third North Residence Hall
New York University

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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 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.



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.

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