Whose Participation? Whose Knowledge?

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Pirjo Elovaara, Faraja Teddy Igira, Christina Mörtberg
Title: Whose Participation? Whose Knowledge?
Conference name: Participatory Design
Year: 2006
Pagination: 105 - 114
ISBN: 1-59593-460-X
Publisher: ACM Press New York, NY, USA
City: Trento
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: pirjo.elovaara@bth.se, farajam@ifi, uio.no, chrismmo@ifi.uio.no
Language: English
Abstract: In this paper we discuss two Participatory Design (PD) projects, one in Tanzania-Zanzibar and the other one in Sweden. In both countries the design process was done through the analysis of work practices involving both designers and users. The discussion focuses on a number of factors such as location, time and scene. We also ask how different projects can be that it is still possible to talk about PD as an overall participation and design approach. If PD is not a singular, definite, closed and fixed approach on the explicit layers, so how do these projects relate to each other when focusing on methods embracing the ambiguities of participation? The paper ends with a discussion of differences and similarities considering participation in the projects.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: Participation, work practices, methods, Tanzania-Zanzibar, Sweden, ambiguity, differences.
Note: Participatory Design Proceedings of the ninth conference on Participatory design: Expanding boundaries in design - Volume 1. ISBN:1-59593-460-X. http://portal.acm.org.miman.bib.bth.se/dl.cfm