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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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Domesticity and Its Discontents

Domesticity and Its Discontents

(p.161) 8 Domesticity and Its Discontents
Divining a Digital Future

Paul Dourish

Genevieve Bell

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the interplay between technology and the home’s social and moral organization, focusing on the fact that “the home” is a highly variable cultural object, in physical, social, economic, and emotional terms. It approaches this topic from three perspectives: The image of the so-called smart home and its connection to previous images of the “home of the future”; a decentered view of the home as a sociotechnical arena, concentrating on the boundaries of the movement of technologies into and out of domestic space; and considerations of safety and danger as they relate to information technology and nurturance.

Keywords:   smart home, home of future, domestic space, information technology

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