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v. 8, no. 2: Dialogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas

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September 28th, 2020 by: Yovanna Pineda

Ways of Seeing Maintenance and Repair, Argentina

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.01   Introduction: Representation of Machinery Use in Argentine Culture and Film  In this technology story, I use ethnographic material from my original documentary film, Stories of the Harvester (https://vimeo.com/395115057), to discuss how the camera evokes spectators’ feelings about the subculture of farm machinery. I was influenced…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Christiane Berth

Fear, Curiosity and New Social Rules: Representations of Early Telephone Use in Latin America, 1880-1935

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.02 In the late nineteenth century, local governments began to install telephone lines in Latin American cities. Among the first countries to introduce telephone service were Cuba, Chile, and Mexico, all of whom did so in the 1880s. At first, the telephone was a medium of communication…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Jethron Ayumbah Akallah

Technologies from Below: Water and Sanitation Supply in Nairobi’s Informal Settlements

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.03 In a study on water vending in Tanzania, Marianne Kjellén points out that in most developing countries, a piped water supply in the city is the norm for the richer households, while poorer households struggle to access water by other means.[1] Most of the urban poor…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Robert Heinze

Le Gyrobus: an electric bus in colonial Kinshasa

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.04 In the history of technology, there is no shortage of artefacts that, once propagated as supremely modern and useful, quickly disappeared and were forgotten as more practicable standards, simpler technological solutions for the same problem or just a company with better market coverage brought those devices…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Fon L. Gordon

 Driving “Jim Crow”: Cars and Race in the United States

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.05 The twentieth century saw the rise of the automobile as the most important consumer product and economic lever in the United States. Driving became a required expression of American nationalism and citizenship. Yet American car culture was also inextricably intertwined with race. The automobile emerged as…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Diana Montaño

Visualizing Imprudentes: Technology and Consumption in Turn-of-the-century Mexico City

 Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 2 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.09.28.06 Jacinto S. García arrived to Mexico City in the summer of 1909. Astonished to find a “beautiful, clean, grand and Europeanized city,” the business representative of the Argentine government judged it deserved to be listed among the urban centers of the civilized world.[1] Throughout the route,…

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