Where are the boundariesbetween the social andthe material? Suchman’swork has always beenfoundational to the way Ithink about collaboration andcollaborative technologies,especially in the work Ihave done in healthcare.
The 2nd edition from 2007
includes additional chapterswhere Suchman elegantlyintroduces sociomaterialpractices as a way to thinkabout reconfigurationsof human actions and
Modernity at Large: CulturalDimensions of Globalization
By Arjun Appadurai (1996)
The Future asCultural Fact: Essays onthe Global Condition
By Arjun Appadurai (2013)
Appadurai’s work onunderstanding culture ina global society is a hugeinspiration to my work onglobal software development( NexGSD.org). I amespecially intrigued by hisinsights on the Indian societyand his conceptual approachto culture in the formof –scapes (ethnoscapes,mediascapes, technoscapes,finanscapes, and ideoscape).
Both books have providedsignificant motivation in myattempt to figure out how totalk about culture as a featureof collaborative practice,rather than nations andgeographies. Also, his workhelped me to develop theconcept of documentscapes asan important collaborativestructure in global softwaredevelopment. While Iparticularly have beenreading his book from 1996,I am currently reading thesequel from 2013.
Ethnography through Thickand Thin By George Marcus(1998) While multi-sitedethnography is not aboutstudying multiple locationsper se, it is a great way tothink about ethnographydedicated to studyingcollaborative practicesoutside the laboratory,the control room, or theemergency room. Marcus’sagenda entails that animportant part of multi-sitedethnography is the work ofdefining the multi-sited fieldsite as an object of study byfollowing associations andconnections, which are notgeographically bounded.
Multi-sited ethnographyis an excellent way tothink about the importantinvisible work involved whenconducting ethnographyof collaborative practices.
In particular, I havefound it useful to considerethnographic intervention aspart of CSCW research.
Human-MachineReconfigurations: Plansand Situated Actions ByLucy Suchman (2007)
SpecsFocus: The complexitiesof collaborative work anddesign of collaborativetechnologies within thefield of computer supportedcooperative work (CSC W)
Base: I T Universityof Copenhagen,DenmarkDOI: 10.1145/2641411 COP YRIGHT HELD BY AUTHOR
technologies as constitutivelyconnected. I find thisvery useful in my work offiguring out how to connectsocial scientists’ interestin complexity, computerscientists’ interest in design,and my own interest in theinterdisciplinary researchagenda of sociomaterialdesign.
Pernille Bjørn is an associateprofessor in the Technologies inPractice research group at theIT University of Copenhagen,Denmark (sabbatical) andvisiting faculty at the Departmentof Informatics, University ofCalifornia, Irvine and the IntelScience & Technology Centerfor Social Computing (IS TC)
an excellent way
to think about the