Article | Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22‚Äď24 2009; Campus Norrk√∂ping; Sweden | Domestication of Technologies in Everyday Life

Title:
Domestication of Technologies in Everyday Life
Author:
Margrethe Aune: Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22‚Äď24 2009; Campus Norrk√∂ping; Sweden
Issue:
038
Article no.:
003
Pages:
27-27
No. of pages:
1
Publication type:
Abstract
Published:
2010-11-05
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Studies of technologies in everyday life show that the process of innovation continues after products are appropriated. Users do not relate passively to the products they buy; but may be active in both procurement and use (McCracken 1988; Keat et al. 1994; Lie and S√łrensen 1996). Moreover; everyday life activities may change in relation to technologies. In analysing these socio-technical processes of everyday life; the concept of domestication has proved to be useful. Silverstone; Hirsch and Morley (1991); introduced this concept in an analysis of how media technology was integrated into the ‚Äúmoral economy‚ÄĚ of a household. Domestication as a tool or a perspective has since then; been used and reshaped through empirical studies (Lie and S√łrensen 1996; Berker et al. 2005).

Domestication describes the practical; symbolic and cognitive processes that take place when a product is integrated into a household. When people domesticate a technology they place it; learn to use it; fit it into their routines and give it meaning. Thus; the discussion is not about effects of technology; but of the development of different user patterns in ‚Äėnegotiation‚Äô with the technology.

In this presentation I will discuss the concept of domestication and use empirical examples to illustrate the domestication of technologies in everyday life. I will show how a domestication perspective can be used as a concrete analytical tool as well as a more general analytical perspective in understanding the relationship between users and technologies/technological systems.

Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22‚Äď24 2009; Campus Norrk√∂ping; Sweden

Author:
Margrethe Aune
Title:
Domestication of Technologies in Everyday Life
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Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22‚Äď24 2009; Campus Norrk√∂ping; Sweden

Author:
Margrethe Aune
Title:
Domestication of Technologies in Everyday Life
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