Automated artefacts as co-performers of social practices: washing machines, laundering and design

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Abstract

This chapter explores, as a thought experiment, the implications of considering automated artefacts as co-performers of practices alongside people. It uses the washing machine as a widely studied, prolific example of automation in everyday life. The chapter begins by arguing that with some stretching, it is possible to consider artefacts as co-performers of practices within existing theoretic frameworks of contemporary practice theories. It then illustrates how the concept of co-performance offers a new perspective on the role of automation—including the role of technology designers—in how practices of laundering are configured and have changed over time. The chapter closes by stipulating some avenues for further research to develop the concept of co-performance and its application in practices of technology analysis and design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans
Subtitle of host publicationNature, Materials and Technologies
EditorsC. Maller, Y. Strengers
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Chapter10
Pages193-214
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-92189-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-92188-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2018

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