Query: Making

Patrick Cox, H-NET President and Editor's picture

Hi folks,

Anyone know of any good research on Making, the maker movement, maker culture... I'm interested in just about anything, but I'm involved in a research project at a museum that attempts to use Making to engage people/kids in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), particularly populations that traditionally have been less engaged in STEM. So Making and education, or work on girls or just about any non-white Americans and Making would be especially welcome. But as I said, anything on making would splendid and I'd be happy to create a Making reading list and post here for all.



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Hi, Patrick.

I have two book suggestions:

Chris Anderson, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Peter Marsh, The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production

Justine Boussard has reviewed these two books in this month's issue of Design and Culture, and her review would give you a sense of whether these provide books what you're looking for.

Also, I haven't checked, but I am guessing that the Journal of Modern Craft has published articles on the Maker Movement, so I might suggest skimming their recent tables of contents to see.

Best wishes,

Carma Gorman

Associate Professor and Assistant Chair

Design Division, Department of Art and Art History

University of Texas at Austin

Hi Patrick and Carma,

I'm actually just finalizing my new syllabus that uses 20th century American Craft Practices and Communities as the focus for an introductory course in American Studies.  There is a lot of good stuff  between the various areas of art and design, craft, DIY, and Maker Culture but I understand I can't make freshman read more than 30 academic pages a week.  There is a nice treasure trove on craftivism in Utopian Studies V.22,i. 2 and I'd recommend several books:

NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts, ed. Sandra Alfoldy, 2007, Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, ed. Maria Elena Buszek, 2011, Duke University Press

and best of all, Elissa Auther's 2nd book on the unrecognized art of the western US counterculture,

Auther, E., and A. Lerner, eds. West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

It is an exciting time to be working in this area!  Have fun!

Lilly Marsh

Doctoral Candidate,

American Studies, Purdue University