Focusing on the technoculture of everyday life, this book attempts to zero in on the simplicity and the habitual character of the interaction between humans and material objects, which is often assumed or taken for granted. Because objects are always meaningful in the pragmatic use to which they are directed, the material world of everyday life can be seen as a technoculture of its own - one made of behaviors as simple, and yet as significant, as using a lawnmower, or decorating one's body. In discussing the unique methodological components of the ethnography of the technoculture of everyday life, this book begins a dialogue on how we can examine - from the participants' perspective - the interconnections between social agents, their technological/material practices, their material objects or technics, and their social and material environment.The observation concerns the inside of the parked car, which is my 1996 black Fiat Punto. It is a small car, with manual gear, and a 1.2 liter engine. Figure I: The outside of the Punto (Yacl waving from the inside) I bought it 6 years ago, from aanbsp;...
|Title||:||Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life|
|Publisher||:||Peter Lang - 2009|