Disruptive interventions with mobile media through design + ethnography + futures

Yoko Akama, Katherine Moline, Sarah Pink

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We first outline how we envisage the relationship between design and ethnography emerging through our work, as a critical response to debates about the use of ethnography in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) field, and how we are inspired by design anthropology, speculative design, and participatory design that points a way forward. Next, we detail how Design+Ethnography+Futures develops approaches that are sensitive to how incremental changes to our self-awareness and socio-material relationship can be initiated, catalyzed, scaffolded, and imagined together. We share critical reflections of these early initiatives and describe the implications these have for digital ethnography. Rather than offering a “how to” guide, we propose considerations, questions, and disruptive strategies to navigate emergent and contested futures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography
EditorsLarissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway, Genevieve Bell
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-67397-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-94091-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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