More than Simple Living: A Cultural Perspective on Sustainable Living


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Vyas, Dhaval (2012) More than Simple Living: A Cultural Perspective on Sustainable Living. In: CHI 2012 workshop on Simple, Sustainable Living, 6 May 2012, Austin, TX, USA.

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Abstract:This paper provides a cultural perspective to the sustainability research within HCI. I draw on the results from an ethnographic field study of sustainable household practices of ten women belonging to the so-called middle class in India. Focusing on their reuse practices, I provide examples of domestic artefacts that are creatively and resourcefully reused from worn-out artefacts. My initial findings show that the rationale behind creating such artefacts is not limited to the practicality and usefulness, but how cultural and religious beliefs are incorporated into such practices.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Conference URL:http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~mch267/CHI2012-workshop
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