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Design Anthropology in Participatory Design

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This focus section explores the opportunities of design anthropology in participatory design as an approach to research and design in an increasingly global and digital world. Traditionally, ethnography has been used in Participatory design to research real-life contexts and challenges, and as ways to involve people in defining user-needs and design opportunities. As the boundaries between diverse – material, digital and networked – spaces and experiences become increasingly blurred, so do the conventional distinctions between research and design. The papers presented in this focus section explore opportunities of using design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to addressing societal challenges and change, and a way for anthropologists and designers to engage in participatory research and design that extend beyond the empirical.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInteraction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

    Research areas

  • Design anthropology, participatory design, design research

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