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Public engagement in critical making - A feminist perspective on materiality of living
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis sets out to explore critical making practices within a makerspace, Sliperiet, in Umeå. Public engagements in the makerspace increases the possibilities for everyday citizens as well as particular interest groups and stakeholders to become involved in designing. The +Project in Sliperiet became the case study for this thesis, and feminist theories framework was used for analysis. This thesis explores different strategies to support publics in critical making practices. The results show that critical making practices are hard to motivate sometimes. Therefore, the process of engaging publics needs to strike a theme that is intellectually intriguing or interesting for the participants, in order to ensure involvement and active participation. Moreover, to adopt critical making, there is a need of having a clear structure, instructions, and support for the workshops. This thesis also extends the concept of materiality of interaction to materiality of living by analyzing people’s every day interaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 32 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), 2016.27
Keyword [en]
Critical making, public engagement, materiality, feminist HCI
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122664OAI: diva2:940403
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+Project, Umeå
Educational program
Master's Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
2016-05-31, MA166, Umeå University, Umeå, 08:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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