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An Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo's Commuter Train Network

Michael Fisch


Anthropology of the Machine: Tokyo’s Commuter Train Network is an exploration of collective life formed at the interstices of human and machine operation within one of the most complex and large-scale technical infrastructures in the world. Adopting a simultaneous critical and optimistic approach, it is an attempt to think with the specific quality of relations formed within Tokyo’s commuter rail infrastructure in order to develop a mode of analysis adequate to the technological complexity of contemporary society and to explore emergent ontologies of human and machine co-constitution. In so do ... More

Keywords: Infrastructure, Machine, Technology, Media, Japan, Science and Technology Studies, Commuter train network, Gilbert Simondon, Tokyo, Fukushima, Collective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226558417
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226558691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Fisch, author
University of Chicago