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A book full of boxes. A box in itself. An unboxing. This book explores boxes in their broadest sense and size. It invites us to step into the field, unravel how and why things are contained and how it might be otherwise. By turning the focus of Science and Technology Studies (STS) to boxing practices, this collation of essays examines boxes as world-making devices. Gathered in the format of a field guide, it offers an introduction to ways of ordering the world, unpacking their boxed-up, largely invisible politics and epistemics. Performatively, pushing against conventional uses of academic books, this volume is about rethinking taken-for-granted formats and infrastructures of scholarly ordering - thinking, writing, reading. It diverges from encyclopedic logics and representative overviews of boxing practices and the architectural organization of monographs and edited volumes through a single, overarching argument. This book asks its users to leave well-trodden paths of linear and comprehensive reading and invites them to read sideways, creating their own orders through associations and relating. Thus, this book is best understood as an intervention, a beginning, an open box, a slim volume that needs expansion and further experiments with ordering by its users.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 16-24
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  1. Boxing Practices
  2. p. 25
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. p. 26
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  1. Introductions
  1. 1. The Generative Possibilities of the Wrong Box
  2. Martina Schlünder
  3. pp. 27-36
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  1. 2. The Epistemology of the Familiar: A Hymn to Pandora
  2. Maria Rentetzi
  3. pp. 37-44
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  1. 3. Navigation Tools for Studying Boxes: A User's Manual
  2. Susanne Bauer
  3. pp. 45-52
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  1. I. Trap
  1. 4. Inscribing the Soul: Cerebral Ventricles as Symbolic and Material Boxes
  2. Jameson Kısmet Bell
  3. pp. 53-72
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  1. 5. Better Shelter
  2. Emily Brownell
  3. pp. 73-92
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  1. 6. Slide Box: How to Stock Some Thousand Cancer Cases
  2. Ulrich Mechler
  3. pp. 93-108
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  1. 7. System Box (Tray) with Wasp
  2. Tahani Nadim
  3. pp. 109-124
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  1. II. Juke
  1. 8. Thinking Inside the Box: The Construction of Knowledge in a Miniature Seventeenth-Century Cabinet
  2. Stephanie Bowry
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. 9. Musical Instrument Boxes. Hidden Information: Cases for Musical Instruments and Their Functions
  2. Beatrix Darmstädter
  3. pp. 145-156
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  1. 10. Boxing Crickets: A Taxonomy of Containers for Singing and Fighting Ensifera
  2. Martina Siebert
  3. pp. 157-166
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  1. III. Time
  1. 11 Contesting the Box: Museums and Repatriation
  2. Stewart Allen
  3. pp. 167-186
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  1. 12. Archaeology and Cigarettes: 'Ekphora' and 'Periphora' of the Archaeological Identity through Cigarette Packs
  2. Styliana Galiniki, Eleftheria Akrivopoulou
  3. pp. 187-202
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  1. 13. More than a Toy Box: Dandanah and the Sea of Stories
  2. Artemis Yagou
  3. pp. 203-212
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  1. IV. Cargo
  1. 14. The Ur-Box: Multispecies Take-off from Noah's Ark to Animal Air Cargo
  2. Nils Güttler, Martina Schlünder, Susanne Bauer
  3. pp. 213-230
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  1. 15. Parcels Render Neglected People Visible
  2. Tanja Hammel
  3. pp. 231-240
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  1. 16. Boxes, Infrastructure and the Materiality of Moral Relations: Aid and Respect after Cyclone Pam
  2. Alexandra Widmer
  3. pp. 241-252
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  1. V. Black
  1. 17. 'As Modern As Tomorrow': The Medicine Cabinet
  2. Deanna Day
  3. pp. 253-270
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  1. 18. The Green Minna: Transporting Police Detainees in Imperial Berlin
  2. Eric J. Engstrom
  3. pp. 271-288
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  1. 19. Scaling Up from the Bench: Fermentation Tank
  2. Victoria Lee
  3. pp. 289-306
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  1. 20. Deep Time History: The Lure of the Black Box
  2. Dagmar Schäfer
  3. pp. 307-324
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  1. VI. Text
  1. 21. Panels and Frames: Toward a New Relationship between Text and Image in Academic Writing
  2. Pit Arens, Martina Schlünder
  3. pp. 325-364
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  1. 22. Analogue Privacy: The Paper Shredder as a Technology for Knowledge Destruction
  2. Sarah Blacker
  3. pp. 365-378
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  1. VII. Ice
  1. 23. Biobank Boxes: Technologies of Population
  2. Susanne Bauer
  3. pp. 379-396
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  1. 24. The Magic of Dropbox, its Virtuality and Materiality
  2. Shih-Pei Chen
  3. pp. 397-406
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  1. VIII. Anxiety
  1. 25. Domestic Reservoirs: Managing Drinking Water in Taiwanese Households
  2. Yi-Ping Cheng
  3. pp. 407-424
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  1. 26. Keep Calm and Carry One: The Civilian Gas Mask Case and its Containment of British Emotions
  2. Mats Fridlund
  3. pp. 425-442
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  1. 27. Cardboard Box: The Politics of Materiality
  2. Maria Rentetzi
  3. pp. 443-456
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  1. IX. Count
  1. 28. Petri dish (boîte de Petri, Petrischale)
  2. Mathias Grote
  3. pp. 457-472
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  1. 29. Prussian Census Box: Moving and Freezing Data
  2. Christine von Oertzen
  3. pp. 473-480
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  1. 30. Black-Boxing Knowledge: Glass Dosimeters and Governmental Control
  2. Maria Rentetzi
  3. pp. 481-490
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  1. X. Mirror
  1. 31. The Mirror Trap
  2. Etienne S. Benson
  3. pp. 491-504
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  1. 32. Shifting Medical Bottles: In Between Medical and Indigenous Worlds
  2. Johanna Gonçalves Martín
  3. pp. 505-524
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  1. 33. Guarding the Memory: Photographic Glass Plates Negatives' Boxes
  2. Mirka Palioura, Spyridoula Pyrpili, Myrto Vouleli
  3. pp. 525-538
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  1. 34. Lousy Research: The History of Typhus Vaccine Production, 1915-1945
  2. Martina Schlünder
  3. pp. 539-556
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  1. XI. Tool
  1. 35. The Mechanic's Toolbox and Tool Chest: A Nexus of the Personal and the Social
  2. Don Duprez
  3. pp. 557-570
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  1. 36. Surgeons' Chests from the Mary Rose
  2. Hanako Endo
  3. pp. 571-582
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  1. 37. Ruminations on an Electrotherapeutic Box
  2. Jan Eric Olsén
  3. pp. 583-596
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  1. 38. Reliquary: A Box for a Relic
  2. Lucy Razzall
  3. pp. 597-606
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  1. 39. The Research Box
  2. Bonnie Mak, Julia Pollack
  3. pp. 607-624
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  1. Mattering Press Titles
  2. pp. 625-626
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781912729036
Related ISBN
9781912729012
MARC Record
OCLC
1229912897
Pages
628
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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