Thinking about the political economy of automobility.

Thinking about the Political Economy of Automobility (through the work Dr. Matthew Paterson, 10 years on) The idea of a dromocracy is integral to a description of contemporary society in the context of the modern political economy – it means “ruled by movement and acceleration” (Paterson, 2007, pp. 5, 8, derived from Paul Virilio’s dromology). In … More Thinking about the political economy of automobility.

Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Introduction Design is a peculiar aspect of the modern economy, figuring significantly into the production of the lived world, and often overlooked. Design, until recently, has been overshadowed largely by scholarly emphasis on aspects manufacture “production”, treated thoroughly by Marxist lenses of analysis. Design is peculiar both in terms of its sequence and kind of … More Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Book Review: The Sublime Object of Ideology

Zizek’s The Sublime Object of Ideology is arguably his most notorious book in an expansive catalogue. His overarching goal in it is to read Lacan against Hegel, and Hegel against Lacan, in an effort to redeem them both as well as present the valuable contribution that the philosophical basis of Lacanian psychoanalysis can add to … More Book Review: The Sublime Object of Ideology

Book Chapter Comments: “Cultures of the Future”

Smith and Otto’s contribution to the edited volume Design Anthropological Futures (2016), is a provoking piece that, though somewhat obfuscated by the language that typifies the philosophically-oriented works of the post-modern turn, presents at its core some valuable questions regarding the epistemological implications of a discipline oriented towards futurity. Smith and Otto draw on the … More Book Chapter Comments: “Cultures of the Future”

Article Comments: “A Design Anthropology of Place in Service Design: A Methodological Reflection”

From a methodological perspective, Prendville highlights the strategies that designers use to map lived experiences along the theoretical lines associated with Ingold’s new materialist perspective. These mapping projects, informed through ethnography and participant observation, exposed a number of services not necessarily conceived of by prior perspectives as integral to the daily lives of the elderly Bryker community … More Article Comments: “A Design Anthropology of Place in Service Design: A Methodological Reflection”

Article Comments:“Theories and Figures of Technical Mediation”

This is the third of three articles I have taken from the third section of Gunn & Donovan’s edited volume on design anthropology. Derrestijn’s article provides a framework for understanding the influence of technology on human beings by illustrating its point of contact with our own physical experiences in the world – our bodies. It is clear that there is not a single locus of the influence of technology, but many, all of which affect our behaviour in significant but varied ways. … More Article Comments:“Theories and Figures of Technical Mediation”

Article Comments: “Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation”

How can we understand the influence of the non-human, the technological, or the natural, on the organization of humans? How can shifting our perspective on the quality of these interactions change our understanding of the relationships people have with things? … More Article Comments: “Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation”