Family rituals and the potential for interaction design : a study of Christmas

PETRELLI, Daniela and LIGHT, Ann (2014). Family rituals and the potential for interaction design : a study of Christmas. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 21 (3), p. 16.

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Drawing on a field study with eight families in northern England, we explore the traditions and rituals carried out at Christmas, looking at the artefacts and processes that constitute family life at this time of year. Besides individual differences, a common pattern emerges: an extended preparation is carried out by the hosting household over a few weeks to set up the celebration and build expectations; preparation gives way to a short but intense celebration shared with the family or intimate friends; then decorations are stored and there is a return to normal life. The celebration is across generations and everyone takes part. We note examples of new and evolving rituals. Starting from the three identified phases, we discuss the theoretical and technical implications of our findings for the design of more sympathetic technology that holds potential for augmenting family rituals sensitively and possibly creating new ones.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article no. 16
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
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Page Range: p. 16
Depositing User: Daniela Petrelli
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 11:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:20

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