Keeping the System Going: Social Design and the Reproduction of Inequalities in Neoliberal Times

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  • University of the Arts London


The reproduction of inequalities is a necessary product of neoliberal economic systems. Meanwhile, attempts to ameliorate this within social design actually perpetuate this situation. This, we argue, is partly due to the institutional configuration of design whose precarious professional norms mitigate against long-term consolidation. Relatedly, this struggle for recognition produces a kind of performativity of social design that draws the focus of practice away from the problems it seeks to address.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalDesign Issues
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • social design, neoliberalism, professional norms, virtualism, actualism

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