The Maintainers

A group of scholars interested in maintenance, repair, upkeep and the mundane labour that keeps the world going.

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New York, 1982. Photo by Harry Gruyaert/Magnum Photos

The small business myth

Small businesses enjoy an iconic status in modern capitalism, but what do they really contribute to the economy?

Benjamin C Waterhouse

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched from Cape Canaveral. Photo by NASA

Space exploration
Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley’s strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

In the General Electrics Research laboratory circa 1949. Photo by Bettmann/Getty

History of technology
It’s not all lightbulbs

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way

W Patrick McCray

Workers at the Blue Plains Waste Water Treatment Plant, Washington DC. Robert Madden/National Geographic Creative

Future of technology
Hail the maintainers

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel