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Anthropological Relocations and the Limits of Design

Suchman, Lucy (2011) Anthropological Relocations and the Limits of Design. Annual Review of Anthropology, 40 (n/a). pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

This article takes as a touchstone the concept of location as it has been articulated through anthropology’s reflections on its history and positioning as a field, and in relation to shifting engagements with contemporary technoscientific, political, and ethical problems. A second touchstone is one specific anthropological relocation—that is, into worlds of professional technology design. With figures of location and design in play, I describe some perspicuous moments that proved both generative and problematic in my own experience of establishing terms of engagement between anthropology and design. Though design has been considered recently as a model for anthropology’s future, I argue instead that it is best positioned as a problematic object for an anthropology of the contemporary. In writing about design’s limits, my argument is that, like anthropology, design needs to acknowledge the specificities of its place, to locate itself as one (albeit multiple) figure and practice of transformation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Annual Review of Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 50075
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2011 16:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:44
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50075

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