Configuring participation: On how we involve people in design

John Vines, Rachel Clarke, Peter Wright, John McCarthy, Patrick Olivier

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    Abstract

    The term 'participation' is traditionally used in HCI to describe the involvement of users and stakeholders in design processes, with a pretext of distributing control to participants to shape their technological future. In this paper we ask whether these values can hold up in practice, particularly as participation takes on new meanings and incorporates new perspectives. We argue that much HCI research leans towards configuring participation. In discussing this claim we explore three questions that we consider important for understanding how HCI configures participation; Who initiates, directs and benefits from user participation in design? In what forms does user participation occur? How is control shared with users in design? In answering these questions we consider the conceptual, ethical and pragmatic problems this raises for current participatory HCI research. Finally, we offer directions for future work explicitly dealing with the configuration of participation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Pages429-438
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31st
    https://chi2013.acm.org/program/

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period27/04/132/05/13
    OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Participation
    • Participatory design
    • Participatory media
    • Performance art

    Cite this

    Vines, J., Clarke, R., Wright, P., McCarthy, J., & Olivier, P. (2013). Configuring participation: On how we involve people in design. In CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 429-438) https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2470716