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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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Crafting and Critique

Crafting and Critique

Artifactual and Symbolic Outputs of Diversity Advocacy

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Hacking Diversity

Christina Dunbar-Hester

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines hacking infrastructures on a more literal artifactual level. It describes what is being produced in sites of diversity advocacy, including code and craft. It argues that the significance of much of this material production is symbolic identity work; care is manufactured as much as things. Although this chapter takes seriously the material aspects of the practices and artifacts under consideration, it emphasizes that the products' primary significance arises from their symbolic dimensions. Rather than standing alone as material products or practices, they represent a range of critical stances formulated in reaction to mainstream open-technology communities. It is very similar to the “recursive public” discussed by Christopher Kelty, whose members participate in “reorienting knowledge and power” around technology, and through their practices create a community.

Keywords:   hacking infrastructure, diversity advocacy, open-technology

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