- Series: Information Policy
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (March 3, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262043459
- ISBN-13: 978-0262043458
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need (Information Policy) Paperback – March 3, 2020
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Visionary and grounded, Design Justice takes us beyond the buzzwords of emerging technologies to engage the people and practices often hidden from view. This book offers essential tools for rethinking and reimagining the social infrastructure of tech design and should be read by everyone committed to building a more just world.―Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, author of Race after Technology
About the Author
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a board member of Allied Media Projects (alliedmedia.org), and the author of numerous articles and two books. Their first book is Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement (MIT Press).
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Costanza-Chock deftly weaves together ideas from fields like Black feminist scholarship and disability activism to show how normative values in design erase certain groups of people (e.g., airport security scanners flagging and subjecting trans and nonbinary travelers to invasive, traumatic body searches). Costanza-Chock also demonstrates how the design industry's movement towards more inclusive and participatory practices often replicates the power dynamics and inequities they were meant to address. For example, disability simulations, where a nondisabled person tries using a wheelchair to develop empathy, encourages solutions that modify the disabled person's body rather than their inaccessible environment. To counteract this, Design Justice offers a framework that centers the marginalized and their communities' existing knowledge and practices.
Despite the breadth of the book's philosophical underpinnings, the writing is approachable and engaging. Costanza-Chock illustrates their arguments with vivid examples, many of which are grounded in their activist background and personal biography. The book is a fantastic mix of theory, practice, and inspiration.