Infrastructure as Advocacy: Infrastructuring mid-level actors with student-led research projects -62


Michael Arnold Mages

Viewed from a systemic perspective, social services hold complex and rich profiles. From a tactical perspective, services play an important role in addressing community needs. However, services also play an important role in fostering community infrastructure and advancing the advocacy mission of an organization. This paper presents the case of three related projects to develop interactive services for a key social service organization to address specific challenges faced by parents, guardians and caregivers of pre-K children in East Boston. Rather than discussing these cases solely from the perspective of how they might meet the needs of residents, these cases will be further analyzed from the dual perspective of these projects as tools for infrastructuring and advocacy.

Keywords: infrastructuring, advocacy, early childhood education, social good

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