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- DescriptionIn this book, Clapperton Mavhunga views techlogy in Africa from an African perspective. Techlogy in his account is t something always brought in from outside, but is also something that ordinary people understand, make, and practice through their everyday invations or creativities -- including things that few would even consider techlogical. Techlogy does t always originate in the laboratory in a Western-style building but also in the society in the forest, in the crop field, and in other places where kwledge is made and turned into practical outcomes. African creativities are found in African mobilities. Mavhunga shows the movement of people as t merely conveyances across space but transient workspaces. Taking indigeus hunting in Zimbabwe as one example, he explores African philosophies of mobilities as spiritually guided and of the forest as a sacred space. Viewing the hunt as guided mobility, Mavhunga considers interesting questions of what constitutes techlogy under regimes of spirituality. He describes how African hunters extended their kwledge traditions to domesticate the gun, how European colonizers, with remedy of their own, turned to indigeus hunters for help in combating the deadly tsetse fly, and examines how wildlife conservation regimes have criminalized African hunting rather than enlisting hunters (and their kwledge) as allies in wildlife sustainability. The hunt, Mavhunga writes, is one of many criminalized kwledges and practices to which African people turn in times of ecomic or political crisis. He argues that these practices need to be decriminalized and examined as techlogies of everyday invation with a view toward constructive engagement, invating with Africans rather than for them.
- Author BiographyClapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.
- Author(s)Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication10/10/2014
- SubjectTechnology: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note30 figures
- Weight558 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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