The Sony Walkman (Nobutoshi Kihara, 1978)

Kristensen, J C. 2014. The Sony Walkman (Nobutoshi Kihara, 1978). In: Grace Lees-Maffei, ed. Iconic Designs: 50 Stories About 50 Things. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, pp. 226-229. ISBN 9780857853523 [Book Section]

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In this book chapter, I examine how the history of the Walkman both expresses and challenges dominant models of history of technology including technological determinism and the social construction of technology, before exploring how the so-called Walkman Effect offers an expanded sense of contextualisation of a technology within its contemporary political and economic worlds.

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Walkman, Object, Design History, Object Studies, Design, History of Technology, Social Construction of Technology, Technological Determinism, Cultural Studies

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June 2014Accepted
25 September 2014Published

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18 Nov 2019 14:49

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