Benefits and the hidden face of the maker movement : thoughts on its appropriation in African context

Authors: Mboa Nkoudou, Thomas Hervé
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore benefits and critics of the maker movement, in the perspective of its adoption in African context. The method used is a literature review, which reveals that the maker movement is embodied in hacker ethics, DIY and free software ideologies. These ideologies bring values like openness, sharing, inclusion, democratization, and collaboration which are the core of the social, economic and political benefits of the maker movement. Even if these benefits are infiltrated by capitalism, the quest of cognitive justice and the Commons philosophy, seems to be the right epistemological tools for the adoption of the maker movement in Africa.
O objetivo deste artigo é explorar os benefícios do e as críticas ao movimento maker, na perspectiva de sua adoção no contexto africano. O método usado foi a revisão da literatura, que revela que o movimento maker está incorporado à ética maker, ao DIY e a ideologias de software livre. Essas ideologias trazem valores como abertura, compartilhamento, inclusão, democratização e colaboração, que são o âmago dos benefícios sociais, políticos e econômicos do movimento maker. Mesmo que esses benefícios estejam infiltrados pelo capitalismo, a busca da justiça cognitiva e a filosofia do Commons parecem ser as ferramentas epistemológicas certas para a adoção do movimento maker na África.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 May 2017
Open Access Date: 28 June 2017
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/14543
This document was published in: LIINC em revista du Brésil, vol.13 (1), 72-88, (2017)
https://doi.org/10.18617/liinc.v13i1.3774
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Laboratório Interdisciplinar sobre Informação e Conhecimento.
Alternative version: 10.18617/liinc.v13i1.3774
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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