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A new role for anthropology?: rewriting "context" and "analysis" in HCI research
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.
Ball State University, USA.
2006 (English)In: NordiCHI 2006: 4th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Changing Roles, 2006, 175-184 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we want to reconsider the role anthropology(both its theory and methods) can play within HCI research. One of the areas anthropologists can contribute to here is torethink the notion of social context where technology isused. Context is usually equated with the immediateactivities such as work tasks, when and by whom the task isperformed. This tends to under represent some fundamentalaspects of social life, like culture and history. In this paper,we want to open up a discussion about what context meansin HCI and to emphasize socio-structural and historicalaspects of the term. We will suggest a more inclusiveanalytic way that able the HCI community to make “better”sense of use situation. An example of technology use in aworkplace will be given to demonstrate the yields this kindof theoretical framework can bring into HCI.

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2006. 175-184 p.
, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 189
Keyword [en]
Anthropology, context of use, ethnography, socio-cultural, socio-structural
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Human Aspects of ICT
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52299DOI: 10.1145/1182475.1182494ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34547226116ISBN: 1595933255ISBN: 978-159593325-6OAI: diva2:465879
NordiCHI 2006: 4th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Changing Roles. Oslo. 14 October 2006 - 18 October 2006
QC 20111216Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2012-01-10Bibliographically approved

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