Design Struggles: Intersecting Histories, Pedagogies, and Perspectives
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An intersectional take on design history and the design discourse, with feminist, decolonial, anti-racist, activist, non-Western and indigenous perspectives
Critically assessing the complicity of design in creating, perpetuating and reinforcing social, political and environmental problems―both today and in the past―Design Struggles proposes to brush the discipline against the grain, by problematizing Western notions of design, fostering situated, decolonial and queer-feminist modes of disciplinary self-critique. It gathers a diverse array of perspectives, ranging from social and cultural theory, design history and activism to sociology, anthropology, and critical and political studies, looking at design through the intersections of gender, culture, ethnicity and class.
Contributors include Claudia Mareis, Nina Paim, Danah Abdulla, Tanveer Ahmed, Zoy Anastassakis, Brave New Alps, Johannes Bruder, Cheryl Buckley, Sria Chatterjee, Alison J. Clarke, common-interest, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Decolonising Design, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Arturo Escobar, Kjetil Fallan, Griselda Flesler, Paola De Martin, Ramia Mazée, Tania Messell, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Rebecca Ross, Nan O’Sullivan and Mia Charlene White.
Edited by Claudia Mareis and Nina Paim
Designed by Lotte Lara Schröder
Published by Valiz, 2021
Softcover, 448 pages, b&w, 6.5 × 9 inches