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Divining a Digital FutureMess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing$
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Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015554

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015554.001.0001

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Making Room for the Social and Cultural

Making Room for the Social and Cultural

(p.45) 3 Making Room for the Social and Cultural
Divining a Digital Future

Paul Dourish

Genevieve Bell

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the social and cultural aspects of ubicomp. It explores the tensions between two competing notions of culture—one rooted in contemporary ethnographic and critical theory and the other in the more instrumentalist practices of ubicomp. Drawing on examples from the anthropological canon and the authors’ recent work, the chapter suggests that the adoption of a more generative notion of culture within ubicomp has profound and destablizing consequences, which are discussed at length throughout the book.

Keywords:   ubiquitous computing, ubicomp, ethnography, instrumentalist practice

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