Domestic artefacts: sustainability in the context of indian middle class

Dhaval Vyas

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    Sustainability has become one of the important research topics in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). However, the majority of work has focused on the Western culture. In this paper, we explore sustainable household practices in the developing world. Our research draws on the results from an ethnographic field study of household women belonging to the so-called middle class in India. We analyze our results in the context of Blevis' [4] principles of sustainable interaction design (established within the Western culture), to extract the intercultural aspects that need to be considered for designing technologies. We present examples from the field that we term "domestic artefacts". Domestic artefacts represent creative and sustainable ways household women appropriate and adapt used objects to create more useful and enriching objects that support household members' everyday activities. Our results show that the rationale behind creating domestic artefacts is not limited to the practicality and usefulness, but it shows how religious beliefs, traditions, family intimacy, personal interests and health issues are incorporated into them.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th international conference on Intercultural Collaboration (ICIC 2012)
    EditorsR. Vatrapu, Vanessa Evers, K.B. Akhilesh
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0818-2
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2012
    Event4th International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, ICIC 2012 - Bangalore, India
    Duration: 21 Mar 201223 Mar 2012

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    Conference4th International Conference on Intercultural Collaboration, ICIC 2012
    Other21-23 March 2012


    • METIS-286368
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EWI-21881
    • IR-80496

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