Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Cultural Invention

Eglash, Ron; Croissant, Jennifer L.; Di Chiro, Giovanna; Fouché, Rayvon

From the vernacular engineering of Latino car design to environmental analysis among rural women, to the production of indigenous herbal cures—groups outside the centers of scientific power persistently defy the notion that they are merely passive recipients of technological products and scientific knowledge. This is the first study of how such “outsiders” reinvent consumer products—often in ways that embody critique, resistance, or outright revolt.