How to apply IoT skills at home: Inequalities in cultural repertoires and its interdependency chains

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Abstract

Using the Internet of Things (IoT) at home is promising but also a conduit for new digital inequalities. People start using IoT in different ways, ultimately determining the outcomes, benefits and exploitations of IoT use. Typical for IoT use is that everyday activities involve more parties, internet connections and internet services. IoT is socially embedded in a network of interdependencies and power balances between different parties. Through qualitative research interviews and house tours among 30 households, we examine how people start using IoT differently and how they position themselves in relation to others in doing so. We adjust operational skills and collaboration skills from a digital skills framework to IoT and construct choreographic skills to address the socio-materiality of the IoT. We find that collaboration skills to increase the effectiveness of IoT use generally relate to cultural repertoires coupled with higher education, whereas choreographic skills to increase the efficiency of IoT use is coupled with an alternative repertoire that utilizes skills outside of higher education. Self-reliance, consequently, is an important distinguishing value for a cultural repertoire coupled with lower education.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalPoetics
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Digital skills
  • Interdependency chains
  • Education
  • Internet of Things
  • Network society
  • Cultural repertoires
  • Digital inequalities

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