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The politics and aesthetics of participatory HCI

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Dr John McCarthy


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The accretion of different perspectives, sensibilities, and ways of thinking about user involvement has enriched HCI discourse and improved participatory HCI research. Designed properly, participatory projects produce mutual learning and transformative outcomes for all participants. It is important to consider the logic of participation when designing such a project. The most interesting projects avoid hierarchical positioning and position all participants as skillful, resourceful, situated agents.

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Author(s): Wright P, McCarthy J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Interactions

Year: 2015

Volume: 22

Issue: 6

Pages: 26-31

Print publication date: 01/11/2015

Online publication date: 28/10/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1072-5520

ISSN (electronic): 1558-3449

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/2828428


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AHRC Creative Exchange Research Hub (AH/J005150/1)
RCUK SIDE Digital Economy Research Hub (EP/G066019/1)
RCUK New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (ES/F015925/1)
UK NIHR CLAHRC-South Yorkshire UCHD project