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When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities

Bloomfield, B P and Latham, Yvonne and Vurdubakis, T (2009) When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities. Working Paper. Lancaster University, Lancaster.

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    Abstract

    Borrowed from ecological psychology, the concept of affordances is often said to offer the social study of technology a means of re-framing the question of what is, and what is not, 'social' about technological artefacts. The concept, many argue, enables us to chart a safe course between the perils of technological determinism and social constructivism. The debate is still ongoing and this paper is a contribution to it. Drawing on ethnographic work on the ways technological artefacts engage, and are engaged by disabled bodies, we propose that the 'affordances' of such objects are not reducible to their material constitution but are inextricably bound up with specific, historically situated modes of engagement and ways of life.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: affordances ; body ; disabilities ; technology ; sociomateriality
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 48978
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:26
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 11:57
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48978

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