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From publics to counter-publics: designing for autonomy
In this paper we examine the conceptualisation of publics by participatory design scholars and consider how the emphasis on publics to date supports or hinders the agenda to repoliticize participatory design. Our paper begins by setting out the alternative concept of counter-publics, which we argue is an overlooked yet salient critical lens that offers productive insights for this agenda. By foregrounding counter-publics we observe possibilities to unsettle institutionalised norms and assemble new ones, to rebalance towards community autonomy at the outset of any participatory design project, to approach designing counter-institutions in ways that respond to collectives that sustain oppositional practices in the face of their co-optation, and to conceive of participation in any collective on the basis of a pluriversal condition. Based on this argumentation, we set out strategies for designing counteractions, which we conceive as emergent strategies for collective autonomy and against issues of co-optation that surfaces in both theory and practice.
Counter-framing design: Radical Design Practices for Sustainability and Social Change
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- Loughborough University London