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Att synliggöra det osynliga: Design som aktör i jämställdhetsarbete
Högskolan i Halmstad.
Högskolan i Halmstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5189-9541
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Product and Service Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3386-2144
2014 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 28-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research points to the need for developing methods to change established gender orders and converting gender perspectives into practical action. Based on a gender equality project at the Centre for Health Technology Halland (HCH), this article discusses the potential of critical design as an agent within the framework of gender equality work and work for change. The project worked with critical design as a tool for making visible what a gender perspec- tive can mean in the context of one’s work, in this case health technology. It resulted in a conceptual prototype called the Androchair – a medical chair designed for men but based on women’s experiences of the gynaecological chair. The aim of the article is to study and discuss the significance of including a prototype, that is an object, in the gender equality work of an organisation. Special focus is placed on whether, and in that case how, a prototype can influence notions of gender and gender equality in relation to one’s own area of work. The empirical data consists of qualitative interviews with staff at the HCH. Actor-net- work theory is used to interpret the data. The analysis shows how the Androchair raises questions of power, needs and interpretative prerogative in relation to what one does in one’s work. Furthermore, it does this to a greater extent than more conventional ways of conveying knowledge about gender equality (such as academic texts, statistics and PowerPoint presentations). Physical objects are perceived of as making gender and gender equality issues more tangible. 

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Högskolan i Halmstad , 2014. Vol. 35, no 1, p. 28-47
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Design
Research subject
Art, Technology and Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-202360DiVA, id: diva2:1076065
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QC 20170224

Available from: 2017-02-21 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
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1. TILLBLIVELSER: En trasslig berättelse om design som normkritisk praktik
Open this publication in new window or tab >>TILLBLIVELSER: En trasslig berättelse om design som normkritisk praktik
2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The increasing awareness of norm-critical perspectives (in society, academia and industry) brings with it the need to develop methods to ensure they can be implemented in practice. This thesis discusses how the role of design contributes to and maintains norms, and shows how design as a norm critical practice has great potential to bridge the gap between theory and practice in norm-critical work. This potential lies in using design as a peda-gogic tool that can concretize and make understandable what would otherwise be perceived as complex, unclear or remote. The thesis pays special attention to the role of artefacts in the creation of the stories of the world. The discursive design thing is introduced as a tool to visualize norms and to create discussion. The three-dimensional, physical thing exposes us to a more diverse experience of norms than when we just address them in words or pictures.The empirical work in this thesis stems from five research projects that differ from each other and were carried out under varied conditions. The projects have tackled a range of problems and power relationships. However, together they draw a complex picture of how norms arise, overlap and constantly change over time, place and space – and how design can be used to support or disrupt this process.By revisiting the projects, it becomes clear how the researcher’s position and actions (or non-actions) shape the norm development process. This results in an insight that meaning can not be construc-ted from an outside perspective, but is a constant ”becoming” that occurs in an entanglement of relationships arising between different bodies, both human and non-human. As a norm critical perspective implies paying attention to power relationships, it also assumes a power critical approach to the production of meaning extracted from the norm-critical work, and that we – as researchers and designers – take responsibility for our prevail by highlighting our own bodies and gaze.The thesis therefore proposes the concept of diffraction as an approach to the production of meaning in norm critical design practices. A diffractive approach enables an understanding of how the production of meaning occurs in various coincidences, but also how our own interventions shape the story. It opens up to the realization that parallel narratives are possible and thus becomes a tool to break away from the linear understanding framework and offer an exploration of alternative thought patterns. A diffractive approach to the production of meaning is thus also a tool to pro-mote increased creativity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017
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TRITA-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2017:01
National Category
Design
Research subject
Machine Design
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202361 (URN)978-91-7729-277-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-10, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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QC 20170222

Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-03-30Bibliographically approved

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