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Clutter Moves in Old Age Homecare
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2010 (English)In: New Technologies and Emerging Spaces of Care / [ed] Michael Schillmeier, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, 77-94 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter introduces the notion of 'clutter moves' as an experimental heuristic for tracing how movement threads together a range of messy entities in old age homecare ecologies including older people and their technical arrangements. It is based on empirical data originating from an ethnographic study of old age homecare in the United States. Here the category of home clutter was revealed as more complex than it is commonly portrayed in popular or scholarly accounts, especially gerontology and geriatric–related literature on risk. This literature frequently cites general household clutter as a hazard in the domestic environment. In such reports moving around with cluttered things tends to threaten a dangerous outcome for older people. But what other possibilities emerge when analytical attention focuses on relational movements between older people and their cluttered collections of homely things? The chapter suggests that the moves between collecting and distributing clutter must be considered. For instance, it highlights how home clutter can afford older people additional movements that are not readily apparent. The chapter ends with reflections on the notion of clutter technology to extend the heuristic of clutter moves and help rethink conceptual assumptions about new technologies for home care.

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Farnham: Ashgate, 2010. 77-94 p.
Keyword [en]
United States, elderly, home care, technology
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Anthropology Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology; Health Care Research; Human-Computer Interaction; Caring Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292762ISBN: 9780754678649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292762DiVA: diva2:926602
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-12

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