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Developing a political economy perspective for sustainable HCI

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Since 2007, when sustainability was introduced as a key theme in the CHI community (Blevis, 2007), a remarkable body of work has emerged. In a newly critical spirit, HCI researchers have undertaken analyses of topics such as HCI’s consumerist bent, its lack of attention to planned obsolescence and e-waste, and its reliance on narrowly conceived user-centered design and undertheorized notions of “the user” (see e.g., Blevis, 2007; DiSalvo et al., 2010; Maestri & Wakkary, 2011; Mota, 2011; Knowles et al., 2013; Dillahunt et al., 2014; Pargman & Raghavan, 2014; Hazas, 2015; Toyama, 2015). Research on reuse, repair, repurposing, redistribution, resilience, long-cycle disposal, multi-lifespan design, conservation of resources, collapse informatics, computing within LIMITS, simple living, and undesign has steadily accumulated, offering compelling new directions for the field (see e.g., Huang and Truong, 2008; Strauss and Fuad-Luke, 2008; Woodruff et al., 2008; Wong, 2009; Friedman & Nathan, 2010; Huh et al., 2010; Kuznetsov & Paulos, 2010; Baumer & Silberman, 2011; Pierce, 2012; HÃ¥kansson & Sengers, 2013; Lomas et al., 2013; Tomlinson et al., 2013; Bellotti et al., 2014; Dillahunt, 2014; Jackson, 2014; Gui & Nardi, 2015; Patterson, 2015; Remy & Huang, 2015; Chen, 2016; Franquesa et al., 2016; Qadir et al., 2016; Hazas et al., 2016; Sabie et al., 2016). These achievements are impressive for a decade’s worth of effort.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2018

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