This paper provides a cultural perspective to the sustainability research within HCI. I draw on the results from an ethnographic field study of sustainable household practices of ten women belonging to the so-called middle class in India. Focusing on their reuse practices, I provide examples of domestic artefacts that are creatively and resourcefully reused from worn-out artefacts. My initial findings show that the rationale behind creating such artefacts is not limited to the practicality and usefulness, but how cultural and religious beliefs are incorporated into such practices.
|Title of host publication||CHI '12|
|Subtitle of host publication||the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Austin, Texas, USA, May 5-10, 2012|
|Place of Publication||New York, NY|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 6 May 2012|
|Event||CHI 2012 Workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living - Austin, United States|
Duration: 6 May 2012 → 6 May 2012
|Workshop||CHI 2012 Workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living|
|Period||6/05/12 → 6/05/12|
- HMI-HF: Human Factors
Vyas, D. (2012). More than Simple Living: A Cultural Perspective on Sustainable Living. In M. Håkanson (Ed.), CHI '12: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Austin, Texas, USA, May 5-10, 2012 New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).