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Strategies for reflexive ethnography in the smart home: autoethnography of silence and emotion

Hine, Christine (2019) Strategies for reflexive ethnography in the smart home: autoethnography of silence and emotion Sociology.

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Abstract

Smart technologies in the home promise efficiency and control, but this simplistic story obscures their potential to reconfigure relationships and introduce new tensions into domestic contexts. This paper explores ethnography as a method to facilitate sociological analysis of the smart technologies in the home and develop a grounded understanding of their role in lived experience. The paper assembles insights from ethnography of silence, ethnography of infrastructure, and autoethnography. While much sociological commentary stresses the dataveillance capacities of such technologies, for ethnographers it is important to remember that our role is to do justice to members’ understandings whether they relate to dataveillance or not. Ethnographers need to address the common tendency for facilitating technologies of this kind to become unspoken aspects of everyday life Autoethnography offers a route into exploring the nuanced meaning of the silences that the use of smart technologies entails and engaging with emotional dimensions of their use.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Hine, ChristineC.Hine@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2019 The Author(s). Published by SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Autoethnography; Dataveillance; Ethnography; Infrastructure; Internet of Things; Reflexivity; Silence; Emotion
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 28 May 2019 12:19
Last Modified : 18 Jun 2019 15:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/851895

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