Narratives of resistance and repair in consumer society

Mitchell, S 2018, 'Narratives of resistance and repair in consumer society', Third Text, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 55-67.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Narratives of resistance and repair in consumer society
Author(s) Mitchell, S
Year 2018
Journal name Third Text
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 67
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article explores consumer practices of repair and reuse via a series of stories; the making of an iPod case, the sharing of Apple repair manuals, the development of a GI Joe computer game, the animation of a robotic dog, and the repair of a laptop computer. Together, these stories reveal how the space of consumption is shaped by a complex combination of physical design, software protection measures, restricted technical documentation and intellectual property laws. Within this highly controlled environment consumers are forced to adopt a tactical approach as they take up the products of mass-production and remake them to match their own desires. In forging unauthorised paths through the consumer environment, practices of repair and reuse challenge established notions of proper use and reveal the commercial forces that shape consumption.
Subject Design History and Theory
Industrial Design
Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Keyword(s) Apple Mac
Consumer
DIY
GI Joe
Hacker
Producer
Repair
Reuse
Scott Mitchell
Sony Aibo
Sony Walkman
Strategies
Tactics
DOI - identifier 10.1080/09528822.2018.1459110
Copyright notice © 2018 Third Text.
ISSN 0952-8822
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