Making in Brazil: can we make it work for social inclusion?

Dias, Rafael and Smith, Adrian (2018) Making in Brazil: can we make it work for social inclusion? Journal of Peer Production, 12 (1). pp. 43-59. ISSN 2213-5316

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Brazil is a country where many initiatives connected to making have recently emerged. It is also a country in which poverty and social exclusion are still major problems. Seeking to address these problems, experiments in “social technologies” – artefacts, processes and methods oriented towards promoting social inclusion – have developed in the country. There are also interesting examples of “gambiarras”, creative technical solutions produced under scarcity. We review points of connection between these different cultures, making use of the idea of technology scripts to consider how each challenges dominant norms for technology in society, and provides alternative scripts for more inclusive development. The paper then explores the actual and potential role of makerspaces in the city of São Paulo, arguably Brazil’s making capital and the first municipality in the country to create an effective public policy to foster socially inclusive making initiatives. By doing so, we seek a better understanding of how makerspaces may contribute to more socially inclusive relationships with technology.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Adrian Smith
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 08:26
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 08:28

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