Postcolonial language and culture theory for HCI4D

Samantha Merritt, Shaowen Bardzell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    29 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    As technology design spreads to less technologically developed countries, issues of cultural identity, language, and values manifest in the form of methodological and ethical challenges for HCI4D designers. We offer a new theoretical perspective, in the context of HCI4D design, to advance the HCI postcolonial critique and highlight fundamentally Western design practices. Application of Thiong'o's language and culture theory provides a tool for designers and researchers to face assumptions, cultural communication, and the potential repercussions in cross-cultural design. Upon future development, this postcolonial orientation could be used to create responsible, successful designs and create awareness of inadvertent Western language culture embedded in HCI4D design.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCHI EA 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
    Pages1675-1680
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    Event29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Duration: May 7 2011May 12 2011

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Other

    Other29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2011
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver, BC
    Period5/7/115/12/11

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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