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Where the Action Is : The Foundations of Embodied Interaction - Paul Dourish

Where the Action Is

The Foundations of Embodied Interaction

Paperback Published: 20th August 2004
ISBN: 9780262541787
Number Of Pages: 248
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Computer science as an engineering discipline has been spectacularly successful. Yet it is also a philosophical enterprise in the way it represents the world and creates and manipulates models of reality, people, and action. In this book, Paul Dourish addresses the philosophical bases of human-computer interaction. He looks at how what he calls "embodied interaction" -- an approach to interacting with software systems that emphasizes skilled, engaged practice rather than disembodied rationality -- reflects the phenomenological approaches of Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and other twentieth-century philosophers. The phenomenological tradition emphasizes the primacy of natural practice over abstract cognition in everyday activity. Dourish shows how this perspective can shed light on the foundational underpinnings of current research on embodied interaction. He looks in particular at how tangible and social approaches to interaction are related, how they can be used to analyze and understand embodied interaction, and how they could affect the design of future interactive systems.

"Important reading for anyone engaged in designing computer-based systems to support human activities. It is full of interesting ideas and insights. I recommend it." - Richard Mateosian, IEEE Micro; "Engagingly written.... Dourish has successfully accomplished his goal of providing 'a starting point for conversations between technologists and social scientists, designers and users, theorists and practitioners,' and I applaud him for undertaking this difficult task." - R. Keith Sawyer, Philosophical Psychology

Prefacep. vii
History of Interactionp. 1
Getting in Touchp. 25
Social Computingp. 55
"Being-in-the-World": Embodied Interactionp. 99
Foundationsp. 127
Moving Toward Designp. 155
Conclusions and Directionsp. 189
Notesp. 211
Referencesp. 217
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780262541787
ISBN-10: 0262541785
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th August 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.32