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Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement

Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement

Sarah R. Davies

ISBN: 978-1-509-50116-8

Apr 2017, Polity

224 pages

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A new industrial revolution. The age of making. From bits to atoms. Many people are excited by the possibilities offered by new fabrication technologies like 3D printers, and the way in which they are being used in hacker and makerspaces. But why is the power of hacking and making an idea whose time has come?

Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement takes the rise of the maker movement as its starting point. Hacker and makerspaces, fab labs, and DIY bio spaces are emerging all over the world. Based on a study of hacker and makerspaces across the US, the book explores cultures of hacking and making in the context of wider social changes, arguing that excitement about the maker movement is not just about the availability of new technologies, but the kinds of citizens we are expected to be.

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1. Introduction
There are a number of places this book could begin
2. Craft, DIY and Active Leisure
It started with Stitch ’n’ Bitch
3. Histories of Hacking and Making
There should be diversity in the hackerspace movement, he says
4. How do Hackerspaces Work?
Hacker and makerspaces can look, feel and smell quite different
5. The Hacker Spirit
I'm a big advocate for this sort of lifestyle and culture
6. How do Hackerspaces Really Work?
They don't have a sense of community that you find in a hackerspace
7. Exclusion
Whatever it is females like to talk about
8. Cool Projects
Rather, it was a Trojan horse
9. Emancipation and Commodification
This was a movement that could do something good
10. Who is a Hacker?
No one is claiming that involvement in a quilting circle is going to prompt a new industrial revolution
11. Conclusion
Two reasons hacking is timely, and three reasons it is conflicted
"This is a well-written guide to hackerspaces and the rise of the maker movement. The book pleasingly embraces all kinds of making – a point made from the first page onwards, where sourdough-making is equated with more high-tech practices – and includes honest discussion of gender issues and exclusion. Excellent."
David Gauntlett, University of Westminster

"Sarah Davies provides deep insight in an accessible format into how hackerspace culture came to be, what makes it tick, and what questions we should be asking in this context."
Austin Toombs, Indiana University

An enthusiastic but critically aware study of US "hackerspaces"
Times Higher Education