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Author Helmreich, Stefan, 1966- author

Title A book of waves / Stefan Helmreich
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2023
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 411 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series The Lewis Henry Morgan lectures
Lewis Henry Morgan lectures
Contents From the waterwolf to the sand motor : domesticating waves in the Netherlands -- Flipping the ship : oriented knowledge, media, and waves in the field, Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- Waves to order and disorder : making and breaking scale models inside and outside the lab, from Oregon to Japan -- World wide waves, in silico : computer memory, ocean memory, and version control in the global data stack -- Wave theory, southern theory : disorienting planetary oceanic futures, Indian Ocean
Summary "In A Book of Waves Stefan Helmreich examines ocean waves as forms of media that carry ecological, geopolitical, and climatological news about our planet. Drawing on ethnographic work with oceanographers and coastal engineers in the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, Japan, and Bangladesh, Helmreich details how scientists at sea and in the lab apprehend waves' materiality through abstractions, seeking to capture in technical language these avatars of nature at once periodic and irreversible, wild and pacific, ephemeral and eternal. For researchers and their publics, the meanings of waves also reflect visions of the ocean as an environmental infrastructure fundamental to trade, travel, warfare, humanitarian rescue, recreation, and managing sea level rise. Interleaving ethnographic chapters with reflections on waves in mythology, surf culture, feminist theory, film, Indigenous Pacific activisms, Black Atlantic history, cosmology, and more, Helmreich demonstrates how waves mark out the wakes and breaks of social histories and futures"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Human ecology
Ocean and civilization
Ocean waves -- Climatic factors
Ocean -- Philosophy
Sea level -- Social aspects
Human ecology.
Ocean and civilization.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022044729
ISBN 1478024534