1st Edition

The Participatory Cultures Handbook

Edited By Aaron Delwiche, Jennifer Jacobs Henderson Copyright 2013
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    How did we get from Hollywood to YouTube? What makes Wikipedia so different from a traditional encyclopedia? Has blogging dismantled journalism as we know it?

    Our media landscape has undergone a seismic shift as digital technology has fostered the rise of "participatory culture," in which knowledge is originated, created, distributed, and evaluated in radically new ways. The Participatory Cultures Handbook is an indispensable, interdisciplinary guide to this rapidly changing terrain. With short, accessible essays from leading geographers, political scientists, communication theorists, game designers, activists, policy makers, physicists, and poets, this volume will introduce students to the concept of participatory culture, explain how researchers approach participatory culture studies, and provide original examples of participatory culture in action. Topics include crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, grid computing, digital activism in authoritarian countries, collaborative poetry, collective intelligence, participatory budgeting, and the relationship between video games and civic engagement.

    Contributors include: Daren Brabham, Helen Burgess, Clay Calvert, Mia Consalvo, Kelly Czarnecki, David M. Faris, Dieter Fuchs, Owen Gallagher, Clive Goodinson, Alexander Halvais, Cynthia Hawkins, John Heaven, The Jannissary Collective, Henry Jenkins, Barry Joseph, Christopher Kelty, Pierre Lévy, Sophia B. Liu, Rolf Luehrs, Patrick Meier, Jason Mittell, Sarah Pearce, W. James Potter, Howard Rheingold, Suzanne Scott, Benjamin Stokes, Thomas Swiss, Paul Taylor, Will Venters, Jen Ziemke

    I. What is Participatory Culture? 1. Introduction: What is Participatory Culture?  Aaron Delwiche and Jennifer Henderson  2. Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies  Howard Rheingold  3. The New Left and the Computer Underground: Recovering Political Antecedents of Participatory Culture  Aaron Delwiche  4. From Participation to Power  Christopher Kelty  5. Wikis and Participatory Fandom  Jason Mittell  II. Creative Cultures  6. Who's Steeing the Mothership? The Role of the Fanboy Auteur in Transmedia Storytelling  Suzanne Scott  7. The Guiding Spirit and the Powers That Be: A Response to Suzanne Scott Henry Jenkins  8. Collaborative Comics: The Story Behind Pixton  Clive Goodinson  9. A Localization Shop's Tale: Bringing an Independent Japanese Role-Playing Game to North America  Mia Consalvo  10. Collaborative New Media Poetry: Mixed and Remixed  Thomas Swiss and Helen Burgess  III. Knowledge Cultures  11. The Creative Conversation of Collective Intelligence  Pierre Levy, translation by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott  12. Blogging as a Free Frame of Reference Alexander Halavais  13. Crowdsourcing: A Model for Leveraging Online Communities  Daren Brabham  14. From Cultures of Participation to the Rise of Crisis Mapping in a Networked World  Sophia B. Liu and Jen Zemke  15. How Particle Physicists Constructed the World's Largest Grid: A Case Study in Participatory Cultures  Sarah Pearce and Will Venters  16. Towards a Participatory Learning Culture  Barry Joseph and Kelly Czarnecki IV. Civic Cultures  17. Participatory Democracy  Dieter Fuchs 18. The Future of Participatory Budgeting: Political Participation and Practicable Policy  Rolf Luehr and John Heaven  19. Digital Activism in Authoritarian Countries  David M. Faris and Patrick Meier  20. Open House: Participatory Culture and Habitat for Humanity  Cynthia Hawkins  21. Restructuring Civic Engagement: Meaningful Choice and Game Design Thinking Benjamin Stokes  V. The Limitations and Challenges of Participatory Cultures 22. Participation and the Technological Imaginary--Interactivity or Interpassivity? Paul Taylor  23. Participatory Culture and Media Life: Approaching Freedom  The Jannissary Collective: Peter Blank, Watson Brown, Mark Deuze, Lindsey Ems, Nicky Lewis, Jenna McWilliams, and Laura Speers  24. Participatory Culture and Media Life: Approaching Freedom Politics of Cultural Ownership  Owen Gallagher  25. Legal Constraints on Participatory Culture in the United States: Anonymity, Concealment and Revelation  Clay Calvert  26. The Expanding Role for Media Literacy in the Age of Participatory Cultures  W. James Potter  27. Toward an Ethical Framework for Online Participatory Cultures  Jennifer Henderson


    Aaron Delwiche is an associate pofessor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He teaches courses on hacking subcultures, transmedia storytelling and video-game design and criticism. His experiments with games in the classroom have been covered by publications ranging from Wired to The Guardian (UK). In 2009, with support from the Lennox Foundation, he organized the lecture series "reality Hackers: The Next Wave of Media Revolutionaries"and published an anthology of essays related to the series. 

    Jennifer Jacobs Henderson is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Henderson is the author of the 2010 book Defending the Good News: The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Plan to Expand the First Amendment. She specializes in issues of media law, the ethics of media, and the use of participatory cultures for political and social action. For more than a decade, she has been researching how voices outside of American mainstream discourse have pressured the government to expand free speech protections.

    "From gaming to education, journalism, and criticism, this ambitious and exciting book covers the full gamut of the participatory culture world. An essential and very useful collection for anyone even remotely interested in the topic." —Bryan Alexander, Senior Fellow, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education

    "Recommended. [A] solid entrée into deeper thinking about participatory culture." –CHOICE, B.S. John, Old Dominion University