Fluid technologies: The Bush Pump, the LifeStraw and microworlds of humanitarian design.

@article{Redfield2016FluidTT,
  title={Fluid technologies: The Bush Pump, the LifeStraw and microworlds of humanitarian design.},
  author={Peter Redfield},
  journal={Social studies of science},
  year={2016},
  volume={46 2},
  pages={159-83}
}
Over the past decade, many ingenious, small-scale gadgets have appeared in response to problems of disaster and extreme poverty. Focusing on the LifeStraw, a water filtration device invented by the company Vestergaard Frandsen, I situate this wave of humanitarian design relative to Marianne de Laet and Annemarie Mol's classic article on the Zimbabwe Bush Pump. The LifeStraw shares the Bush Pump's principle of technical minimalism, as well as its ethical desire to improve the lives of… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Figures, tables, and topics from this paper.

References

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 81 references

Social and public experiments and new figurations of science and politics

  • R Press. Rottenburg
  • 2009
Highly Influential
4 Excerpts

The Zimbabwe Bush Pump: Mechanics of a fluid technology

  • M De Laet, A Mol
  • Social Studies of Science
  • 2000
Highly Influential
12 Excerpts

The urban precariat, neoliberalization and the soft power of humanitarian design

  • CG Johnson
  • The Journal of Developing Societies
  • 2011
Highly Influential
5 Excerpts

The uses of neoliberalism

  • J Ferguson
  • Antipode
  • 2010
Highly Influential
3 Excerpts

Can the private sector replace NGOs in the developing world . Newsweek , 4 March

  • E Wolfson
  • 2015
2 Excerpts

The creation of emergency and afterlife of intervention : Reflections on Guinea worm eradication in Ghana

  • A Moran-Thomas
  • 2015
2 Excerpts

Humanity / plan : Or , on the ‘ stateless ’ today ( also being an anthropology of global health )

  • T Rees
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 2014
1 Excerpt

Poo wars as matter out of place : ‘ Toilets for Africa ’ in Cape Town

  • S Robins
  • Anthropology Today
  • 2014
3 Excerpts

Poo wars as matter out of place: ‘Toilets for Africa

  • S Press. Robins
  • 2014
3 Excerpts

Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe

  • CC Mavhunga
  • 2014
1 Excerpt

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…