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Emma's Story: More than a Nice Gesture in a Technology-Mediated Life

Huatong Sun

in Cross-Cultural Technology Design

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744763.003.0009

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

Emma's Story: More than a Nice Gesture in a Technology-Mediated Life

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This chapter traces the messaging use of American college student Emma for three years. It looks at meaning construction and identity work in cross-cultural design in a postmodern era and discusses how multiple identities were constructed in numerous layers of cultural contexts through a process of becoming, where the user was constantly looking for a technology to fit her lifestyle. It urges the design community to consider the role of subjectivity in design.

Keywords: cross-cultural design; mobile messaging; meaning construction; identity work; a process of becoming; gender; subjectivity

Chapter.  6268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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