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Making Our World

The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context

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Edited By Jeremy Hunsinger and Andrew Schrock

Making Our World: The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context describes and situates the political, historical, national, and organizational elements of hacking and making. Hackers and makers are often mythologized, leading to people misunderstanding them as folk heroes for the modern age. In response, this book describes and critiques these movements from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to help readers appreciate their worldwide scope and highly localized interpretations. Making Our World is essential reading for students and scholars of technology and society, particularly those interested in social movements and DIY cultures.

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Introduction (Jeremy Hunsinger / Andrew R. Schrock)

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Introduction

JEREMY HUNSINGER

Wilfrid Laurier University

ANDREW R. SCHROCK

Chapman University

In this volume, we seek to provide an introduction and an overview of important projects in the worlds of hacking and making. In performing those tasks, we had to be inclusive and engaged in the debate about how these movements have been interpreted across disciplines. Communication studies, media studies, political science, policy studies, information science, computer science, and other fields have all engaged in studies of hacking and making from a variety of perspectives and methods. While this volume recognizes the scholarship as it exists and uses it, it attempts to provide another foundation from which to build. We use examples and cases as the primary location of analysis of hacking and making. This provides our readers conceptual tools to research future hacking and making, and examples to think through the present.

The book is an engagement with many tangents that are coming together to define a set of intersections which construct a mutating, coalescing, and diverging space. For this reason, we have exercised a light editorial influence, only organizing papers across four sections: history, politics, organizing, and cases. These sections illuminate different aspects of the ongoing development of the world of hacking and making. Each section has a selection of materials based on its title and an introduction that goes into greater detail. As such, we invite you to...

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