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Hacking DiversityThe Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures$
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Christina Dunbar-Hester

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192888

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192888.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Hacking Diversity

Christina Dunbar-Hester

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on internal negotiations of diversity proponents and their mediating work within open-technology communities. It explains why it matters if hackers and open-technology enthusiasts promote expanding the ranks of hacking as a means to wider political emancipation and what is at stake in framing proficiency in computing as a significant path to social inclusion. The chapter also describes what is obscured in framing technical cultures as the appropriate site of intervention and what does calling this diversity “work” accomplish. It argues that diversity advocacy has the most potential to change the expressive culture of open-technology communities. Interventions in sites can serve as stages in miniature where people confront wider social problems; it can be powerful and galvanizing to strive for inclusivity in a social milieu over which one has some control.

Keywords:   diversity, open-technology, hacker, political emancipation, social inclusion, diversity advocacy

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