• List of illustrationsPreface and acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Exploring Sri Lanka's modern : multiple loops of belonging
  • Following the Singer sewing machine : fashioning a market in a British crown colony
  • Creating a market imaginary
  • Paths to a Buddhist modern : from Siam to America
  • The gramophone : soulful sounds and sacred speeches
  • An Asian modern : Japan
  • Trams, cars, bicycles : modern machines in the city
  • A tailor's tale and machines in the home
  • Working like machines
  • Conclusion: metallic modern
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index