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No Lunch Today?!: An Analysis Of The Digitalization Assemblage In Higher Education During A Power Outage
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2019 (English)In: Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, 2019, p. 451-Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Digitalization processes are often seen as one of the hallmarks of modernity in Europe, as the EU continuously support the nationwide implementation of digital technologies through policies that allow citizens faster, safer, and increasingly easy access to the Internet. In Sweden, the government supports the use of digital technologies in the personal and professional every-day life, with increasingly available online-based services in such diverse contexts as healthcare, travel, and education. The way communication is conducted in higher education institutions bears the mark of these changes as well as challenges, as digital artifacts are used every day. 

 

As digitally-based means of communicating and working in universities in Sweden are becoming normative, this paper aims at uncovering the ramifications of such practices by studying the sudden inability to use digital technologies for a limited time. 

 

Drawing on assemblage theory, this paper looks at the entanglement of material and immaterial components of technology use during a power outage at one of Sweden’s largest universities. Using ethnographic methods such as observations and informal interviews, results show that within the assemblage of higher education digitalization, clear expectations are created in regards to what it means to work, study, communicate, etc.  When these common cultural expectations are not met, this assemblage collapses, leading not only to the impossibility to continue work, but also to symptoms of stress and anxiety, as well as creative workarounds.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 451-
Keywords [en]
digitalization, higher-education, technology non-use, ethnography, power outage.
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397750ISBN: 978-2-9569087-0-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397750DiVA, id: diva2:1372695
Conference
14th European Sociological Association Conference
Available from: 2019-11-25 Created: 2019-11-25 Last updated: 2019-11-25

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