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Understanding rural Do-It-Yourself science through social learning in communities of practice

Wulandhari, Nur Baiti Ingga; Mishra, Nishikant; Dora, Manoj; Samuel, Fosso Wamba


Nur Baiti Ingga Wulandhari

Manoj Dora

Fosso Wamba Samuel


© 2020 The structural shift created by recent technological developments has resulted in the rise of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) science. Although DIY science has been useful in terms of explicating maker-movements within developed countries, its usage in a rural context is still unexplored. This paper aims to examine the usage of DIY science within a developing country. By using a case study approach, this paper explores how a culture of DIY science is cultivated and spread through a Community of Practice (CoP) amongst rural cattle farmers in Bojonegoro – Indonesia. We propose a conceptualization of CoP based on the Habermasian model of communicative action in order to focus our attention to the cultural production of rural DIY science. We argue that the applicability of DIY science is more valuable, in terms of its usage, in developing countries where such innovation systems are pivotal for development outcomes. By examining DIY science in rural contexts, we also show that its utilization also implies a more settling nuance that emphasizes the positive values of innovation that can ultimately create avenues of empowerment and thus promote welfare creation.


Wulandhari, N. B. I., Mishra, N., Dora, M., & Samuel, F. W. (2021). Understanding rural Do-It-Yourself science through social learning in communities of practice. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 163, Article 120411.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2020
Publication Date 2021-02
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2022
Journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Print ISSN 0040-1625
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 163
Article Number 120411
Keywords Rural DIY science; Communities of practice; Social learning; Innovation; Knowledge sharing
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