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Shifting PracticesReflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation$
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Giovan Francesco Lanzara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034456

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034456.001.0001

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Further Inquiries into Shifting Practices

Further Inquiries into Shifting Practices

(p.195) IV Further Inquiries into Shifting Practices
Shifting Practices

Giovan Francesco Lanzara

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Part IV collects further inquiries in the phenomenology of innovation, picking up and discussing relevant issues raised by the two extended field studies. A major argument is that practices are self-contained mediated worlds. When a new medium comes about, practitioners are pushed to reweave the texture of the practice within the new medium. They must cope with strangeness and make sense of the practice in the new medium. The different sections of Part IV have the character of ‘theoretical drills’ that deepen the book’s major themes concerning shifting practices. They touch on topics like the idea of mediation, medium specificity, the medium-object-representation triad, transient knowledge, transiency vs durability. Further insights on the practice of innovation are discussed, related to practices as mediated worlds, knowing as making, bricolage, assemblages, the elusive ontology of versioning, the paradox of the untouched ruin, to end up with dross, the dark side of innovation.

Keywords:   phenomenology, mediation, medium specificity, strangeness, sensemaking, transient knowledge, knowing as making, bricolage, versioning, ontology

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