Abstract - The Information Society 22(4)

The Contribution of Domestication Research to In-Home Computing and Media Consumption

Leslie Haddon

This article deals with the contribution made by domestication research to our understanding of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, especially in the home. It first provides a sense of the diversity of research in this tradition and how this is evolving. The article then reflects upon and illustrates different elements of research in this tradition, providing examples of how these help to explain patterns of ICT experience, the way people evaluate that experience and what bearing it has on their lives. To contextualise domestication research further, it considers overlaps with other traditions of research before moving on to the core, and range, of methodologies that have been employed. Finally, the article examines some of the general insights from domestication research, as well as more specific applications to the commercial and policy fields.


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