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Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics

Authors: Marres, N.

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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.

About the authors

Noortje Marres is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Reviews

"A rich and stimulating book.'' - Journal of Cultural Economy

"Marres' attention to the material conditions of political participation is not a return to materialism but a deep redefinition of each of those terms: why does politics matter and what does it mean to be involved into politics? Before her a pragmatist view of politics and publics remained abstract, without a clear method to follow the objects, pragmata, that give relevance to the creation of the public. Marres' work deeply renews what it is for the study of politics and participation to take material conditions seriously." - Bruno Latour, Professor, Sciences Po, Paris, France

"Material Participation is a book about the role of objects in political participation. It is part of what has been called the object turn what Noortje Marres, more delightfully, calls the coming out of things. It is an account of how moral and political phenomena may unfold on the plane of things. It deploys a vocabulary of modality, multi-valence, implication, accomplishment, setting and relevance to make visible the middling work of objects. And in doing so offers us the possibility of taking part in a politics of co-articulation, of producing new, more variable kinds of connections between publics, ontology, and the empirical." - Celia Lury, Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, UK


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Participation as if Things Mattered

    Marres, Noortje

    Pages 1-28

  • The Invention of Material Publics: Returns to American Pragmatism

    Marres, Noortje

    Pages 29-61

  • Engaging Devices: The Inter-articulation of Technology, Democracy and Innovation

    Marres, Noortje

    Pages 62-83

  • Sustainable Living Experiments or a ‘Coming Out’ for the Politics of Things

    Marres, Noortje

    Pages 84-107

  • Eco-homes as Instruments of Material Politics: Engagement, Innovation, Change

    Marres, Noortje

    Pages 108-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48074-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-48074-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-48073-6
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVI, 211
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