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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

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

Genevieve Bell

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015554.003.0080

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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