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Zeroing In on the Year 2000

The Final Edition

Late Editions 8 is the final volume in the annual series devoted to documenting the diverse social and cultural transitions of the fin-de-siècle just past into the twenty-first century. Through the innovative use of conversations and interviews, this series has ranged over many topics in many places, including corporations, media, science and technology, government, political culture, journalism, and social movements, always offering access to the points of view and experiences of people engaged in crucial processes of change.

The book begins with a fascinating, at times poignant, look back at the inception and progress of the series, in which the contributors reflect on how the shifting contexts for the production and reception of the series has been a reliable barometer of the profound ways in which traditional forms of knowledge about society are changing. Then, appropriate to the end of the century and of the series, the focus turns to pieces that deal with social phenomena that evoke the value of zero. They explore the idea of a zero state as it relates to artificial intelligence, euthanasia, cryonics, money, and the disappearing idea of society itself in the discourse of contemporary politics.

Far from being the loss of meaning, the consideration of zero entails the proliferation of meaning in the face of voids, absences, and ultimately, of puzzles like the contemplation of death in life. In this way, so many of the fin-de-siècle conditions that have been documented in this series have exemplified precisely this quest for meaning at or near zero points of change, of ends and beginnings, in social life.

368 pages | 6 halftones, 7 line drawings, 1 map | 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 | © 2000

Late Editions: Cultural Studies for the End of the Century

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Culture Studies

Table of Contents

George E. Marcus
I. Retro
1. Before Going Digital/Double Digit/Y2000: The Nineties (A Retrospective of Late Editions)
Michael M. J. Fischer
2. On Time and Late Editions
Jamer Hunt
3. Retrospective on Late Editions
Ron Burnett
4. Aftereffects
Mike and Kim Fortun
5. Moments: Retrospective on Late Editions
Gudrun Klein
6. A Zeroic Effort
T. David Brent
II. Zero
7. Artificial Participation: An Interview with Warren Sack
Joseph Dumit
8. Euthanasia and the Anthropology of Nothingness
Ron Burnett
9. "Remains to Be Seen": A Self-Extracting Amalgam
Richard Doyle
10. Fluctuating about Zero, Taking Nothing’s Measure
Mike Fortun
11. Society Lost, Society Found
Douglas R. Holmes
12. Zero/Money Matters
Gudrun Klein
13. Late Editions 8 Collective Editorial Meeting Notes
(16 May 1998)
III. Unfinished Business
14. Calling the Future(s) with Ethnographic and Historiographic Legacy Disciplines: STS@the_Turn_[ ]
Michael M. J. Fischer
Appendix: Introduction to the series and to Volume I
Appendix: A Reintroduction to the Series

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