Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices

Michael, Mike and Gaver, William. 2009. Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices. Space and Culture, 12(3), pp. 359-370. [Article]

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This article attempts to explore "dwelling" in the contemporary technonatural world through a series of novel interventions in the home. In particular, users' reactions to one of three "threshold devices"—the video window, the local barometer, and the plane tracker—are studied ethnographically. Drawing on Heidegger, the authors interpret the opaque functionality of these technologies as "poetical" insofar as they facilitate users' access to the heterogeneity, ambiguity, and complexity of the technonatural world within which the home is situated. Such access, the authors suggest, can resource a dwelling through which "care" can be enacted. Some of the methodological and political implications of such devices are discussed.

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threshold devices, dwelling, technonature, home

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Sociology > Centre for Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) [2003-2015]



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22 Jan 2010 10:52

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07 Jul 2017 11:12

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



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