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The Participant
by Christopher Kelty

Why do we participate, and what is that experience really like? Anthropologist Christopher Kelty traces different ways that participation has been formatted across the twentieth century, and, as new technologies obscure the meaning of the concept, considers its potential.

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TITLE
The Participant: A History of Participation in Four Stories
AUTHOR
Christopher M. Kelty
PUBLISHER
University of Chicago Press
PAGES
344
PUBLICATION DATE
January 2020

Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has appointments in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Department of Information Studies, and the Department of Anthropology. His research interests center on social theory and technology, the cultural significance of information technology; the relationship of participation, technology and the public sphere; and more recently, the role that wild animals play in contemporary urban Los Angeles. Kelty has written two books: The Participant: A Century of Participation in Four Stories (Chicago, 2019); and Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008). He has written articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, participation as a political concept, open access in the academy, piracy, the history of software, hackers and hacking, and many other inadvisably diverse topics.

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