Connectedness in Mobile Families: Digital and Material Flows of Practices in the Home
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In modern day economy, families often have to be geographically flexible and within families computational technology plays a crucial role in making a home, even when far away from their place of origin. We report on an ethnographic study investigating the role of ICT for connectedness in a family context. In order to understand how families are dealing with relocation in their everyday life, we analyze situated material practices and discuss how expat families create a sense of connectedness through the procurement and maintenance of physical as well as digital artifacts. We show in particular how the roles of virtually procured artifacts, such as movies or music content, is tightly connected to but also different from the tangible ‘stuff’ that is a crucial part of home-making. This leads to a different role of ICT in the material fabric of the modern family home and at the same time to new challenges and challenges and potentials whendesigning for connectedness.
Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject Human-Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-301107DiVA: diva2:953556