Having a say

Authored by: Finn Kensing , Joan Greenbaum

Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415694407
eBook ISBN: 9780203108543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136266263


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This chapter focuses on the early history of Participatory Design projects up to the first Participatory Design Conference in 1990. It explains how the political and social movements of the 1970s and 80s formed a stage for translating participatory research into development of computer applications. Some of the early action projects are described in order to give readers an understanding of the problems and challenges. A central focus is on the roots of Participatory Design in enabling workers to gain a voice in the technologies that affect their working lives. It concludes with reviewing theoretical underpinnings as well as summarising some guiding principles.

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