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ERIC Number: EJ1056284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Ethnography by Design: On Goals and Mediating Artefacts
Segelström, Fabian; Holmlid, Stefan
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v14 n2 p134-149 Apr 2015
Design ethnography is the appropriation of ethnography for the purposes of informing design. This paper investigates the effects of these appropriations, through a comparative study of how designers and anthropologists approach the same field site and by a review of new techniques introduced by designers to do ethnography. The techniques reviewed all apply artefacts to mediate the ethnographic process. Conducting ethnography through artefacts can be done in a number of ways and three ways are discussed here, including techniques which remove the researcher from the context of study. The implications for design ethnography of the comparative study and the introductions of artefacts to facilitate ethnographic work are discussed. The implications focus on potential methodological pitfalls of the "designification" of ethnography as design ethnography matures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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