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Conceptualizing the self: A critical analysis of the self as a discursive trend in Human-Computer Interaction research
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7993-2825
2017 (English)In: Human Technology, ISSN 1795-6889, E-ISSN 1795-6889, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 149-179Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), the human often has been conceptualized as a user. Although this notion has illuminated one aspect of the human–technology relationship, some researchers have argued for the need to explore alternative notions. One such notion becoming increasingly frequent in HCI is the self. In this paper, a study of how the self is described in 88 HCI research publications is presented. Four main aspects of the self are identified: instrumental, communicative, emotional, and playful. These four aspects differ, yet they present the self as stable, coherent, and individual. However, these characteristics have been criticized by several contemporary philosophers. This paper presents arguments from poststructuralist writers as a foundation for advocating the need to develop further these positions within HCI. The theories of Mark C. Taylor, who combines poststructuralism with complexity theory, provide a framework for viewing the self as relational to the extent that interaction becomes an existential process and thus interactive technology constitutes an existential arena.

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Jyväskylä: Open Science Centre , 2017. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 149-179
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HCI theory, literature analysis, the self, subjectivity, human, poststructuralism, Mark C. Taylor, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, Jaqcues Derrida
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Human Computer Interaction
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Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335169DOI: 10.17011/ht/urn.201711104210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335169DiVA, id: diva2:1161845
Available from: 2017-12-01 Created: 2017-12-01 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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