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Sticky technologies: Plumpy’nut®, emergency feeding and the viscosity of humanitarian design

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Inspired by de Laet and Mol’s classic article on the Zimbabwean Bush Pump and Peter Redfield’s revival of fluidity as a central characteristic of humanitarian design, this paper argues that many humanitarian technologies are characterized not so much by fluidity as by stickiness. Sticky technologies lie somewhere between fluid technologies and Latourian immutable mobiles: They work precisely because they are mobile and not overly adaptable, yet they retain some flexibility by reaching out to ...

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In press
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0306312717747418

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Studies of Science Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
1
Pages:
3-24
Publication date:
2018-01-01
Acceptance date:
2017-08-27
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EISSN:
1460-3659
ISSN:
0306-3127
Source identifiers:
810335
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pubs:810335
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uuid:3dea11fb-87c9-4450-bb37-70902bc7ec84
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pubs:810335
Deposit date:
2017-12-11

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