by miss rachel on April 30, 1997 at 18:21:38:
In Reply to: Re: what i got and what i didn't posted by gva on April 23, 1997 at 22:56:44:
My take on the politics of the database is that iconified categories impact everything -- from what it means to be a person to what it means to be a Leo. A riveting example of this process comes from Foucault's Introduction to the History Of Sexualty. Foucault traces the evolution and currency of the word "homosexual," and how it impacted sexual practices and ideas of sexual identity. Before the category came into being, there was probably a lot more social freedom. Once a notion of "homosexuality" was created, then the way people identified sexually was revolutionized. Not to mention the social-political repurcussions.
What's really nice about BIT's work is they put pressure on the local and small -- database projects.
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