A ‘smart house’ is not a home : the domestication of ICTs

RICHARDSON, Helen (2009). A ‘smart house’ is not a home : the domestication of ICTs. Information Systems Frontiers, 11 (5), 599-608.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10796-008-9137-9
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-008-9137-9


This paper discusses the domestication of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly their use, in UK households reporting on research undertaken between 1998 and 2004. Issues raised are linked to the dominant discourse of the ‘digital divide’, which in the UK means engaging with ICTs in a ‘meaningful’ way to ensure the economic and social well-being of UK plc (public limited company—in the UK this refers to companies whose shares can be sold to the public. The acronym is used here ironically to indicate the motivation of the government to brand and promote the UK as a whole.). Utilising a framework of understanding digital inequality and the ‘deepening divide’, domestication theory is applied to discuss motivational, material and physical, skills and usage access in the gendered household, critically contrasting this approach to ‘smart house’ research. This qualitative enquiry contributes to the neglected area of domestication studies in Information Systems research.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-008-9137-9
Page Range: 599-608
Depositing User: Helen Richardson
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5689

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