Introduction to the special issue on practice-oriented approaches to sustainable HCI

James Pierce, Yolande Strengers, Phoebe Sengers, Susanne Bødker

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The September 2013 Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction addresses the problem by providing a set of works which approach sustainability by shifting the primary unit of analysis from individual action to everyday practice. A key reference point is Reckwitz's framing of practices as consisting of relationships between various types of elements including forms of bodily activities, forms of mental activities, 'things' and their use, a background knowledge in the form of understanding, know-how, states of emotions and motivational knowledge. Bidwell and co-researchers. report on extensive fieldwork in villages in South Africa's Eastern Cape, focusing on practices in which walking, to access and use resources, including electricity, links together bodies, sociality, physical environments, and felt-experiences. Tomlinson and co-researchers propose the notion of collapse informatics as the study, design, and development of sociotechnical systems in the abundant present for use in a future of scarcity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages8
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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