Conclusions and Questions

  • Bruce B. Campbell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Not least, the conclusion again raises explicit comparison between the hobby culture of radio and the modern fascination with computers, the internet, and the maker movement. Hobbies and hobbyists matter, but so does the social and political context within which they exist. Clearly, we overlook or underestimate the importance of hobbyists and tinkerers to our peril. There is much more to understand about how hobbies provide a focus for personal identity, to the point where some hobbyists are willing to risk life itself.

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  • Bruce B. Campbell
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  1. 1.William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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