Technology and Nation: Learning from the Periphery

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Abstract

This essay explores the role of technology in building nations as material and cultural artifacts from two peripheral perspectives. First, it brings to the fore what we call epistemic peripheries in the history of technology, be they objects or actors usually neglected when studying the inter play between technology and the nation. Second, it deals with geographic peripheries by focusing on connections, networks, and circulation processes far beyond linear and static core-periphery relations. We claim that one can not properly understand how technological national identities were created if national boundaries are taken as strict analytical frameworks. In this sense, the essay advocates a transnational history with a wider empirica al focus
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)989-997
Number of pages9
JournalTechnology and Culture
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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