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A smart house is not a home: the domestication of ICTs

Richardson, H 2009, 'A smart house is not a home: the domestication of ICTs' , Information Systems Frontiers, 11 (5) , pp. 599-608.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the domestication of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly their use, in UK households reporting on research undertaken between 1998 and 2004. Issues raised are linked to the dominant discourse of the `digital divide', which in the UK means engaging with ICTs in a `meaningful' way to ensure the economic and social well-being of UK plc (public limited company--in the UK this refers to companies whose shares can be sold to the public. The acronym is used here ironically to indicate the motivation of the government to brand and promote the UK as a whole.). Utilising a framework of understanding digital inequality and the `deepening divide', domestication theory is applied to discuss motivational, material and physical, skills and usage access in the gendered household, critically contrasting this approach to `smart house' research. This qualitative enquiry contributes to the neglected area of domestication studies in Information Systems research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestication of ICTs, digital inequality, gender, smart house, access
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Energy
Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Frontiers
Publisher: Kluwer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1387-3326
Depositing User: HJ Richardson
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 12:41
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:11
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17938

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