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Surfacing Small Worlds through Data-In-Place

Lookup NU author(s): Anja Thieme, Dr Vasilis Vlachokyriakos


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© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht We present findings from a five-week deployment of voting technologies in a city neighbourhood. Drawing on Marres’ (2012) work on material participation and Massey’s (2005) conceptualisation of space as dynamic, we designed the deployment such that the technologies (which were situated in residents’ homes, on the street, and available online) would work in concert, cutting across the neighbourhood to make visible, juxtapose and draw together the different ‘small worlds’ within it. We demonstrate how the material infrastructure of the voting devices set in motion particular processes and interpretations of participation, putting data in place in a way that had ramifications for the recognition of heterogeneity. We conclude that redistributing participation means not only opening up access, so that everyone can participate, or even providing a multitude of voting channels, so that people can participate in different ways. Rather, it means making visible multiplicity, challenging notions of similarity, and showing how difference may be productive.

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Author(s): Lindley SE, Thieme A, Taylor AS, Vlachokyriakos V, Regan T, Sweeney D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal

Year: 2017

Volume: 26

Issue: 1

Pages: 135-163

Print publication date: 01/04/2017

Online publication date: 06/02/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0925-9724

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7551

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10606-017-9263-3


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