The Persistence of Technology

Histories of Repair, Reuse and Disposal

Repair, reuse and disposal are closely interlinked phenomena related to the service lives and persistence of technologies. When technical artefacts become old and worn out, decisions have to be taken: is it necessary, worthwhile or even possible to maintain and repair, reuse or dismantle them – or must they be discarded? These decisions depend on factors such as the availability of second-hand markets, repair infrastructures and dismantling or disposal facilities. In telling the stories of China's power grid, Canadian telephones, German automobiles and India's shipbreaking business, among others, the contributions in this volume highlight the persistence of technologies and show that maintenance and repair are not obsolete in modern industries and consumer societies.

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12 October 2021, 292 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4741-9

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Stefan Krebs

Stefan Krebs, Universität Luxemburg, Luxemburg

Heike Weber

Heike Weber, Technische Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Author(s)
Stefan Krebs / Heike Weber (eds.)
Book title
The Persistence of Technology Histories of Repair, Reuse and Disposal
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
292
Features
kart., Klebebindung, 20 SW-Abbildungen, 10 Farbabbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-4741-9
DOI
10.14361/9783839447413
Commodity Group
1555
BIC-Code
TBX HBTB
BISAC-Code
HIS054000 TEC056000
THEMA-Code
TBX NHTB
Release date
12 October 2021
Edition
1
Topics
Technik, Kulturgeschichte
Readership
Contemporary History, History of Technology, Environmental History, Science and Technology Studies
Keywords/Tags
History of Technology, Maintenance, Repair, Waste, Environmental History, Technology, Cultural History, Social History, History

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