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16 Pages

Anthropological Fieldwork and Designing Potentials

WithMette Kjærsgaard, Ton Otto

This chapter develops a new perspective on the role of anthropology and ethnographic fieldwork in design processes. In particular it explores how ethnographic fieldwork combined with a critical holistic approach has the potential to shape design processes towards greater sensibility for the crafting potential of users in the context of social and material relations. We argue for a different division of labour between anthropologists and designers than has commonly been practiced in ethnographically inspired design and participatory design. Finally we look at the role of design within fieldwork and anthropology.