Achieving Communitarian Techniques and Artifacts

Taylor Dotson

in Technically Together

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780262036382
Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780262340861 | DOI:
Achieving Communitarian Techniques and Artifacts

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This chapter explores the socio-political factors that ensure the obduracy of thinly communal domestic environments, child-rearing techniques, and consumer technologies. Sociopolitical support is lacking for heat sources that encourage congregation and for the practice of collective mealtimes. Cultural ideas and anxieties regarding sleep and child development deter parents from co-sleeping with their children. A lack of architectural imagination and municipal support makes it challenging to build vibrant and comfortable public spaces. Budget crunches and “warrior cop” culture stand in the way of more communal policing arrangements. Family members’ lack of sufficient experience working through conflict productively and several wrongheaded policies prevent the better integration of the aged into thick social webs. Finally, take back laws and tool libraries are likely be necessary if communities of repair are to flourish. In any case, targeting the artifacts that support networked individualism is probably more challenging than larger scale technologies, given the dominance of technologically liberal worldviews. Insofar as citizens see technologies as volition-enhancers rather than also barriers to desirable modes of life, any intervention is liable to be seen as infringing on their freedom.

Keywords: Artifacts; Techniques; Technological liberalism; Community policing; Communities of repair; Co-sleeping; Obduracy; Domestic technology; Interpersonal conflict

Chapter.  10244 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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