Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 30, 2012 - Political Science - 206 pages

This book develops a fresh perspective on everyday forms of engagement, one that foregrounds the role of objects, technologies and settings in democracy. Examining a range of devices, from smart meters to eco-homes, the book sets out new concepts and methods for analyzing the relations between participation, innovation and the environment.

 

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Contents

1 Participation as if Things Mattered
1
Returns to American Pragmatism
28
Everyday Carbon Accounting and the Cost of Involvement
60
4 Sustainable Living Experiments or a Coming Out for the Politics of Things
82
5 Ecoshowhomes and the Material Politics of Experimental Variation
106
6 Redistributing Problems of Participation
132
Notes
157
Bibliography
185
Index
201
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NOORTJE MARRES is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Previously she was a Research Fellow in the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford, UK.