Negotiation of values as driver in community-based PD

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Community-based PD projects are often characterized by the meeting of conflicting values among stakeholder groups, but in research there is no uncontested account of the relation between design and conflicting values. Through analysis of three community-based PD cases in Denmark and South Africa, this paper identifies and discusses challenges for community-based PD that exist in these settings based on the emergence of contrasting and often conflicting values among participants and stakeholders. Discussions of participation are shaped through two theoretical perspectives: the notion of thinging and design things; and different accounts of values in design. Inspired by the concept of design things, and as a consequence of the need for continuous negotiation of values observed in all three cases, we suggest the concept of thinging as fruitful for creating productive agonistic spaces with a stronger attention towards the process of negotiating values in community-based PD.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC '16 Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference : Full papers - Volume 1
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date15 Aug 2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4046-5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016
EventParticipatory Design Conference: Participatory Design in an Era of Participation - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference
LocationAarhus University
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the Participatory Design Conference


  • agonistic
  • community
  • participatory design
  • values


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