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Focus Section on Design Anthropology in Participatory Design

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  • Rachel Charlotte Smith (Editor)
  • Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard, SDU Design, SDU Design_MCI, Mads Clausen Instituttet, Denmark
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
Number of pages88
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
SeriesInteraction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A

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