From publics to counterpublics: designing for autonomy
In this paper we examine the conceptualization of publics by participatory design scholars and consider how the emphasis on communities as publics supports or hinders the agenda to repoliticize participatory design research. Our paper begins by setting out the alternative concept of counter-publics, which we argue is an overlooked yet salient critical lens that can offer productive insights for the field. Focusing on “new economy” counter-publics, we consider how we might unsettle institutionalized norms and assemble new ones, rebalance towards autonomy at the outset of any participatory design project, and approach designing counter-institutions in ways that aim to sustain oppositional practices in the face of co-optation. Based on this argumentation, we reflect on counter-designing as a tactical practice to employ against pervasive issues of norming and co-optation and towards collective autonomy.
Counter-framing design: Radical Design Practices for Sustainability and Social Change
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- Loughborough University London
Published inPDC 2022 Vol. 1: Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 1
Pages218 - 229
SourceParticipatory Design Conference 2022 (PDC 2022)
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
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Publisher statementThis is an Open Access Article. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for third-party components of this work must be honored. For all other uses, contact the owner/author(s). Sharon Prendeville, Anais Carlton-Parada, Victoria Gerrard, and Pandora Syperek. 2022. From Publics to Counterpublics: Designing for Autonomy. In Participatory Design Conference 2022: Volume 1 (PDC 2022 Vol. 1), August 19–September 01, 2022, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 12 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3536169.3537795