Design Justice

Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need

Design Justice (2020, MIT Press)

360 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2020 by MIT Press.

ISBN:
9780262356879

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An exploration of how design might be led by marginalized communities, dismantle structural inequality, and advance collective liberation and ecological survival.

The open access edition of this book was made possible by generous funding from Knowledge Unlatched and the MIT Press Frank Urbanowski Memorial Fund.

What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? “Design justice” is an approach to design that is led by marginalized communities and that aims expilcitly to challenge, rather than reproduce, structural inequalities. It has emerged from a growing community of designers in various fields who work closely with social movements and community-based organizations around the world.

This book explores the theory and practice of design justice, demonstrates how universalist design principles and practices erase certain groups of people—specifically, those who are intersectionally disadvantaged or multiply burdened under the matrix of domination (white supremacist heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and settler colonialism)—and invites readers to “build …

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