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ERIC Number: EJ810827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1074-9039
Social Embodiment of Technical Devices: Eyeglasses over the Centuries and According to Their Uses
Veyrat, Nicolas; Blanco, Eric; Trompette, Pascale
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v15 n3 p185-207 Jul 2008
This article is an attempt to prepare the ground for the analysis and theorization of the connection between the body and technical devices emerging from miniaturized wearable technologies. The research object is a secular and common "body object," namely, eyeglasses. The article reviews the social history of this artifact and analyzes its patterns of use, showing how the distributed sociotechnical networks of action containing these simple optical systems are constantly deconfigured and reconfigured. In other words, the device is not simply subject to physical incorporation. The unstable balance between the artifact's projection onto the surrounding space and its attachment to the physical body is analyzed through the heterogeneousness of bodies coming into play as the device is socially embodied. As the corporal frame and physical, distributed, and social bodies overlap, the notion of "bodies object" emerges. This covers the artifact-related and social environment, the plural nature of which could be of great value to research and development teams, helping them to diversify their representations of the user, as an agent acting in a variety of networks with a variety of bodies. (Contains 6 figures and 18 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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