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CSS & Sociology Seminar with Tomas Sanchez Criado

Date: 1 December 2009 Time: 4.15 pm - 6.00pm

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 20

CSS & Sociology Seminar
CSS & Sociology Seminar

Translating Care, Crafting Habitalities: An Ethnographic Account of Design, Management and Use of Telecare for Older People

Tomás Sánchez-Criado, PhD student, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

In this session I draw on my ethnographic research in different telecare services for older people in Madrid, focusing on the practices of installation, management and use, as well as on the decision processes implied in designing telecare devices and services.

Given my training as both a sociocultural psychologist (Valsiner & Rosa, 2007) and an STS scholar influenced by ANT, Serres, Foucault and Deleuze (Brown & Stenner, 2009), I focus mainly on materially heterogeneous practices of self-making, which I believe comprise not only processes of identification but, predominantly, ongoing processes of enskilment and attunement (Ingold, 2007).

In that vein, to develop a theoretical argument, I analyse some of the cases from my ethnography to consider what types of 'older people's selves' are being planned, 'built into', crafted, performed and enacted through the practices of telecare design, management and use. Hence, I would like to speak more generally of processes of translation (Latour, 1996), enactment (Law, 2002) or better, prehension - using Whiteheadian insights (Halewood & Michael, 2008; Wilkie & Michael, 2009), through which telecare users are being un/made (Mort, Finch & May, 2009).

As a corollary to this I introduce the notion of habitality (López & Sánchez-Criado, 2009) which might be useful to think about subjectivities as materially heterogeneous and fragmentary assemblages of spatial and temporal dispositions of difference and repetition, which Deleuze termed 'lines' (Deleuze & Parnet, 2002).

Brown, S. D. and Stenner, P. (2009). Psychology without Foundations: History, Philosophy and Psychosocial theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Deleuze, G. and Parnet, C. (2002). Many Politics. In Dialogues, Second Edition (pp. 124-147). New York: Columbia University Press / Continuum Press.

Halewood, M. and Michael, M. (2008). Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian. Toward a Concrescent Methodology. Theory, Culture & Society, 25(4), 31-56.

Ingold, T. (2007). Lines: a brief history. London: Routledge.

Latour, B. (1996). Aramis or the Love of Technology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Law, J. (2002). Aircraft Stories. Decentering the Object in Technoscience. Durham: Duke University Press.

López, D. and Sánchez-Criado, T. (2009). Dwelling the Telecare Home: Placeness, Location, and Habitality. Space and Culture, 12(3), 343-358.

Mort, M., Finch, T. and May, C. (2009). Making and Unmaking Telepatients. Identity and Governance in New Health Technologies. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34(1), 9-33.

Valsiner, J. and Rosa, A. (Eds.). (2007). The Cambridge Handbook of Sociocultural Psychology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wilkie, A. and Michael, M. (2009). Expectation and Mobilisation. Enacting Future Users. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34(4), 502-522.


Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Medical Education, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Centre for Science Studies, Sociology


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