Readings for my project

This month I finally got to start my Marie S. Curie project. During the coming two years, I will do research on hacking and making as ways of informal IT learning. But before I will jump into interviews and field work, I need an update on what has happened in the research field during the last months (while I was on parental leave). Thus I am trying to figure out where to begin and especially: what to (re-)read. I’ll start sharing my reading list here and will update it along the way.

As Tim Jordan is my supervisor, I am quite familiar with most of his research on hacking already, but in case you are interested in hacking, his books and papers are a great way to start. Consider for example:

Jordan, T. (2017). A genealogy of hacking. Convergence journal.

Jordan, T. (2009). Hacking and power: Social and technological determinism in the digital age. First Monday, 14(7).

Jordan, T. (2008). Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism. Polity.

Jordan, T., & Taylor, P. (1998). A sociology of hackers. The Sociological Review, 46(4), 757-780.

On hacking and learning

Schrock, A. (2014). ‘Education in Disguise’: Culture of a Hacker and Maker SpaceInterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 10(1).

On feminism and hacking and feminist hackerspaces

Adam, A. (2005). Hacking into hacking: Gender and the hacker phenomenon. In Gender, Ethics and Information Technology (pp. 128-146). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Fox, S. et al. (2015). Hacking culture, not devices: Access and recognition in feminist hackerspaces. Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, 56-68.

Tanczer, L. M. (2015). Hacking the label: Hacktivism, race, and gender. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. (This is an interview with two members of the EDT).

Tanczer, L. M. (2016). Hacktivism and the male-only stereotype. New Media & Society, 18(8), 1599-1615.


Fab labs

Ramella, F., & Manzo, C. (2018). Into the crisis: Fab Labs–a European story. The Sociological Review, 66(2), 341-364.

Manzo, C., & Ramella, F. (2015). Fab labs in Italy: Collective goods in the sharing economy. Stato e mercato, 35(3), 379-418.



On women in tech, more broadly

Abbate, Janet (2012). Recoding Gender: Women’s Changing Participation in Computing. MIT Press.

Hicks, Marie (2017). Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing. MIT Press.


As mentioned above, this list is work-in-progress – but if you have any suggestions for readings that should be on here, please leave a comment below or get in touch via email or on Twitter.


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