Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics

Marres, Noortje. 2012. Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 9780230232112 [Book]


Download (21kB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

What is the role of things in political participation? This innovative book develops a fresh perspective on everyday forms of engagement, one that foregrounds the role of objects, technology and settings in public involvement. It makes a distinctive contribution to debates about the role of things in democracy, but it also offers empirical analyses of contemporary devices of participation, such as smart meters, demonstrational eco-homes and sustainable living gadgets. Through case studies of mundane technologies of environmental engagement, this book then develops a set of concepts and methods for the social and political analysis of specifically material forms of participation. Material Participation explores the next steps to be taken in social studies of participation, technology and the environment, focusing our empirical, critical and creative attention squarely on the materials and devices of the public.

Item Type:



science and technology studies - pragmatism - devices - participation- environment - sustainable technologies -

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Research Office > REF2014



Item ID:


Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2013 09:13

Last Modified:

26 Feb 2015 13:13


View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)