Imagining mundane futures

Sarah Pink, John Postill

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When people move country, they experience new social, infrastructural, and ambient contingencies, which enables them to imagine otherwise unknowable possible futures ‘at home’. In this article, we mobilise a design anthropological approach to show how collaboration with temporary migrants can generate understandings that generate insights regarding future sustainable products in emerging economies. We draw on research with temporary Indonesian student migrants in Australia, which explored how they envisioned their possible domestic futures through their changing laundry practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages11
JournalAnthropology in Action
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Design anthropology
  • Digital technologies
  • Everyday life
  • Futures
  • Indonesia
  • Laundry
  • Mundane practices
  • Return migration

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