Troubling futures: can participatory design research provide a generative anthropology for the 21st century?

Light, Ann (2015) Troubling futures: can participatory design research provide a generative anthropology for the 21st century? Interaction Design and Architecture(s), 26. pp. 81-94. ISSN 1826-9745

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Abstract

This essay argues there is value in considering participatory design as a form of generative anthropology at a time when we recognise that we need not only to understand cultures but to change them towards sustainable living. Holding up the democratically-oriented practices of some participatory design research to definitions of anthropology allows the essay to explore the role of intervention in social process. And, challenging definitional boundaries, the essay examines design as a participatory tool for cultural change, creating and interogating futures (and the idea of futures). In analysing how designing moves towards change in the world, the essay brings together design research and concepts from anthropology to help us better understand and operationalise our interventions and pursue them in a fair and sustainable manner.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Participatory design, Anthropology, Ethnography, Alternative futures, Democratic, Future-making, Constitutive, Everyday design
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN397 Applied anthropology
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
T Technology
Depositing User: Ann Light
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 09:25
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 14:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59602

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