Privacy, boundaries and smart homes for health: An ethnographic study

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Title: Privacy, boundaries and smart homes for health: An ethnographic study
Authors: Burrows, Alison
Coyle, David
Gooberman-Hill, Rachael
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Date: Mar-2018
Online since: 2019-03-27T11:43:19Z
Abstract: This article explores how people negotiate borders and boundaries within the home, in the context of health and the introduction of new technologies. We draw on an ethnographic study involving a socially diverse group of people, which included people with experience of telecare or smart home energy systems. Participants engaged in various strategies to regulate the borders of their home, even though new technologies have begun to change the nature of these borders. Participants managed health conditions but also their use of technology through boundary work that permitted devices to be more or less visible and integrated within the home. Findings highlight that if smart healthcare technologies are to be accepted in the home then there is a need for mechanisms that allow people to control the interpretation of data and flow of information generated about them and their households.
Funding Details: Health Research Board
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Health & Place
Volume: 50
Start page: 112
End page: 118
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: Smart homeEthnographyPrivacyBoundary workBorders
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.01.006
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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