This essay describes the transformation of civic participation from a tool of democratization into a tool for elite authority. Looking at various participatory projects in community-based organizations in a city in America’s Rust Belt, the essay demonstrates how the very architecture of civil society is being manipulated to marginalize dissent. This raises the question of whether the design of institutions has outpaced our critiques of them.
Michael McQuarrie; No Contest: Participatory Technologies and the Transformation of Urban Authority. Public Culture 1 January 2013; 25 (1 (69)): 143–175. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-1890495
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