More than Simple Living: A Cultural Perspective on Sustainable Living

Dhaval Vyas

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI '12
    Subtitle of host publicationthe 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Austin, Texas, USA, May 5-10, 2012
    EditorsM. Håkanson
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1016-1
    Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2012
    EventCHI 2012 Workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living - Austin, United States
    Duration: 6 May 20126 May 2012
    http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~mch267/CHI2012-workshop

    Workshop

    WorkshopCHI 2012 Workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin
    Period6/05/126/05/12
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    Keywords

    • METIS-286366
    • EWI-21878
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • IR-80493

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    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).