Roundtable: Why I study maintenance and repair

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Lara Houston At particular moments, the historically invisible work of maintenance and repair takes on a renewed importance. Today in the social sciences, maintenance and repair – as overarching themes and topics – are finding new audiences. Perhaps this is because so many taken-for-granted orders appear to be breaking down … Continue reading Roundtable: Why I study maintenance and repair

Article Review: “Scents and Sensibility” reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Karen A. Cerulo Scents and Sensibility: Olfaction, Sense-Making, and Meaning Attribution (American Sociological Review, 2018) Review by Reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley Northwestern University Editor’s Note: Karen A. Cerulo’s article “Scents and Sensibility” won the 2019 Clifford Geertz (Best Article) award for the ASA section on Culture At the heart of … Continue reading Article Review: “Scents and Sensibility” reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley

Book Review: Gone Home, reviewed by Emily Handsman

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Karida Brown Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia (UNC Press, 2018) Reviewed by Emily Handsman Northwestern University Editor’s Note: Karida Brown’s Gone Home won the 2019 Mary Douglas (best book) award for the ASA section on Culture. In Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia, Karida Brown invites the … Continue reading Book Review: Gone Home, reviewed by Emily Handsman

Maintenance and repair as cultural work

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Fernando Domínguez Rubio Univ. of California, San Diego Over the last few years the notions of maintenance and repair have garnered growing attention in fields like media and communication studies, anthropology, social studies of science, and urban studies. So far, however, they have not entered into debates in American cultural … Continue reading Maintenance and repair as cultural work

With and without signs: the daily maintenance of urban orders

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Jérôme Denis and David Pontille Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation Georg Simmel (1971) famously pointed this out, and it is at the very centre of scholarship in epigraphy : signs are a crucial feature of urban fabric. There are basically two kinds of graphic components in the city. One the one … Continue reading With and without signs: the daily maintenance of urban orders

Broken Data

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Sarah Pink Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University. There has been a growing focus on questions of repair and maintenance across disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, including human geography, anthropology, sociology and science and technology studies (STS). Underpinning this is an acknowledgement of the incompleteness of ongoingly emergent states of things … Continue reading Broken Data