The Shock of the Old

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Warwick Anderson. Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. 2006. Pp. ix, 355. Cloth $84.95, paper $23.95.



1: "Significance" [subheads: "Accessing technologies", "Use is not enough", "Technological choice", "Assessing aviation and nuclear energy"', "Spin-off", "Small technologies and big effects", "Malaria", "

2: "Time" [subheads: "Times are changing", "Horses, mules and oxen", "The decline of the 'mule' spinning machine", "Not Alphaville but bidonville: technology and the poor megacity", "Creole technology", "Transport", "Remodelling the boat", "Retro and reappearance"]

3: "Production" [subheads: "Household production", "The sewing machine and the spinning wheel", "Tools and small trades", "Family farms in the USA and the USSR", "The agricultural revolution in the long boom", "Industry and mass production", "Cars in the long boom", "Service industries", "

4: "Maintenance" [subheads: "How important are maintenance and repair?", "Maintenance", "Mass production and the art of car maintenance", "Maintenance and large-scale industry", "Aviation", "The battleships and the bombers", "From maintenance to manufacture and innovation", "Engineers and the maintenance of society"]

5: "Nations" [subheads:

6: "War" [subheads:

7: "Killing" [subheads:

8: "Invention" [subheads:

Edgerton surveys twentieth century technology in the context of a trans-national "use-centered" (or "use-based") history. He positions this approach as a means of refuting the "assumption that national innovation determines national success." [p. xiv] A use-centered approach places the emphasis of significance not on the traditional narratives of "innovation-centric" development that often focuses exclusively on the "rich world," but on the acceptance of the technology so that "what does not change" is realized as much as any celebrated technological transformation and that the rich world cultural bias is minimized.


Roger D. Connor, Spring , 2012

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