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WeMake, a makerspace in Milan
Ilaria Vanni

with emerging technologies. While innovation was key in the way hackerspaces were organised, it did not translate into overt political engagement. As a result, ‘such less defined and more liberal-leaning political content allowed the movement to spread and forge connections in multiple directions without losing its own thrust: from companies through civil society to a general audience’.20 Recognising how the political is inscribed in making practices, or, as David Gauntlett argues, how making and sharing are already political acts, is another contribution to this

in Precarious objects
Irish Travellers and the Questionnaire
Mícheál Ó hAodha

autonomous in nature and have the ability to ‘live their own lives’, form syntheses of all kinds and even engender new representations. It is important to do justice to the compelling and (often) ambivalent nature of collective ideation or imagery in a globalised world where emerging technologies ensure that images and representations can be transferred at incredible speed. The significance of new forms of communication has combined with a number of developing traditions in the social and human sciences to ensure the increased significance of the question of collective

in ‘Insubordinate Irish’
Statistics and statecraft in the transition to apartheid
Deborah Posel

emergingtechnology of power in a modern state’. 4 There are interesting variations in the genesis of this connection, but ‘by the late nineteenth century, statistics was absorbed into a mode of thought and argument in both the social sciences and public policy in all Western polities, irrespective of their political diversity’. 5 The reasons for this confluence lie in the close affinities between

in Science and society in southern Africa