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Technology and the Good Life?$
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Eric Higgs, Andrew Light, and David Strong Strong

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780226333861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.001.0001

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Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open

Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open

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(p.182) Ten Design and the Reform of Technology: Venturing Out into the Open
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Technology and the Good Life?
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Jesse S. Tatum

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226333885.003.0011

Drawing on studies of the home power movement, the chapter distinguishes between technologies and practices that center our existence and those that enable, in a supportive role, that center to exist and flourish. With this basic distinction in hand, it draws out reform possibilities in the design of technologies. Along the way, the chapter uses a phrase of Langdon Winner that artifacts have politics; the chapter finds that the redesign of technology encourages participatory research and development and participatory democracy.

Keywords:   reform of technology, design of technologies, artifacts, participatory research, participatory democracy

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