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Code : from information theory to French theory

Title
Code : from information theory to French theory / Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan.
ISBN
9781478016366
1478016361
9781478019008
147801900X
9781478023630
Publication
Durham : Duke University Press, 2023.
Copyright Notice Date
©2023.
Physical Description
xii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary
"In Code Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan reconstructs how Progressive Era technocracy as well as crises of industrial democracy and colonialism shaped early accounts of cybernetics and digital media by theorists including Norbert Wiener, Warren Weaver, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roman Jakobson, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, and Luce Irigaray. His analysis casts light on how media-practical research forged common epistemic cause in programs that stretched from 1930s interwar computing at MIT and eugenics to the proliferation of seminars and laboratories in 1960s Paris. This mobilization ushered forth new fields of study such as structural anthropology, family therapy, and literary semiology while forming enduring intellectual affinities between the humanities and informatics. With Code, Geoghegan offers a new history of French theory and the digital humanities as transcontinental and political endeavors linking interwar colonial ethnography in Dutch Bali to French sciences in the throes of Cold War-era decolonization and modernization. "-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Geoghegan, Bernard Dionysius, 1970- Code Durham : Duke University Press, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 24, 2023
Series
Sign, storage, transmission.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Codification
Foundations for Informatics: Technocracy, Philanthropy, and the Communication Science
Pattern Recognition: Data Capture in Colonies, Clinics, and Suburbs
Poeticizing Cybernetics: An Informatic Infrastructure for Structural Linguistics
Theory for Administrators: The Ambivalent Technocracy of Claude Lévi-Strauss
Learning to Code: Cybernetics and French Theory
Coding Today: Toward an Analysis of Cultural Analytics.
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