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Human–Computer Interaction Series

Deconstructing Ethnography

Towards a Social Methodology for Ubiquitous Computing and Interactive Systems Design

Authors: Button, G., Crabtree, A., Rouncefield, M., Tolmie, P.

  • Critically examines the relationship between new approaches to ethnography in HCI and their traditional antecedents in mainstream social science
  • Addresses foundational methodological problems that affect old and new approaches to ethnography alike
  • Elaborates the notion of “members’ methods” as a means of systematically building the social into the design of ubiquitous and interactive computing systems
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About this book

This book aims to deconstruct ethnography to alert systems designers, and other stakeholders, to the issues presented by new approaches that move beyond the studies of ‘work’ and ‘work practice’ within the social sciences (in particular anthropology and sociology). The theoretical and methodological apparatus of the social sciences distort the social and cultural world as lived in and understood by ordinary members, whose common-sense understandings shape the actual milieu into which systems are placed and used.

In Deconstructing Ethnography the authors show how ‘new’ calls are returning systems design to ‘old’ and problematic ways of understanding the social. They argue that systems design can be appropriately grounded in the social through the ordinary methods that members use to order their actions and interactions.

This work is written for post-graduate students and researchers alike, as well as design practitioners who have an interest in bringing the social to bear on design in a systematic rather than a piecemeal way. This is not a ‘how to’ book, but instead elaborates the foundations upon which the social can be systematically built into the design of ubiquitous and interactive systems.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Button, Graham (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Building the Social into Systems Design

    Button, Graham (et al.)

    Pages 17-39

  • Ethnography as Cultural Theory

    Button, Graham (et al.)

    Pages 41-59

  • ‘New’ Ethnography and Ubiquitous Computing

    Button, Graham (et al.)

    Pages 61-84

  • Interpretation, Reflexivity and Objectivity

    Button, Graham (et al.)

    Pages 85-108

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21954-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21953-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37365-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Deconstructing Ethnography
Book Subtitle
Towards a Social Methodology for Ubiquitous Computing and Interactive Systems Design
Authors
Series Title
Human–Computer Interaction Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21954-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21954-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21953-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37365-2
Series ISSN
1571-5035
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 178
Topics