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Making Our World

The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context


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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Section III. Organizing Introduction (Jeremy Hunsinger)


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Section III. Organizing Introduction


Wilfrid Laurier University

This section of the book deals with organizing. To speak of organizing is to speak of a will to arrange things, usually with an eye to future events and collaborations. Organizing is a political act in that it arranges the contemporary or past in in order to provide for the future. It is an act of not only building the future, but planning for it; which engages with the nature of hacking and making directly. As much as these are political considerations, they are also ethical considerations. Organizing is not merely done to provide goods and order the world for people, but also with an eye to what is best for those people and what will enable those people to flourish. Organizing hacking and making is an ethical project, much like the hacking and making are inherently ethical, even if occasionally the ethics aren’t universally good. The papers in this section each deal with organizing by directly engaging in ethical or political questions of organizing or illustrating elements of those processes.

Historical contingencies are important to organizing, as they provide the basis for decisions. Von Lunen explores historical contingences to situate hacking and making as bricolage and tinkering. Starting with terms bastein, bricolage, and tinkering from the 19th and 20th centuries. Von Lunen first consider the cultural and linguistic differences that found in those words and...

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