Design + anthropology : converging pathways in anthropology and design / Christine Miller.

by Miller, Christine (Christine Z.) [author.].

Series: Anthropology and business: Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2018.Description: xxi, 105 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781629583198.Subject(s): Design -- Anthropological aspectsLooking glass | Design -- Human factorsLooking glass | Art and anthropologyLooking glass | Art and designLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book explores the evolution of two disciplines, design and anthropology, and their convergence within commercial and organizational arenas. Focusing on the transdisciplinary field of design anthropology, the chapters cover the global forces and conditions that facilitated its emergence, the people that have contributed to its development and those who are likely to shape its future. Christine Miller touches on the invention and diffusion of new practices, the recontextualization of ethnographic inquiry within design and innovations in applications of anthropological theory and methodology. She considers how encounters between anthropology and 'designerly' practice have impacted the evolution of both disciplines. The book provides students, scholars and practitioners with valuable insight into the movement to formalize the nascent field of design anthropology and how the relationship between the two fields might develop in the future given the dynamic global forces that continue to impact them both.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures and Tables (p. xi)
  • Foreword (p. xiii)
  • Preface (p. xviii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xx)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Chaos, Purity, and Danger (p. 1)
  • What This Book Is About (p. 2)
  • Who This Book Is For (p. 4)
  • Structure of the Book (p. 5)
  • 1 Making the Strange Familiar and the Familiar Strange (p. 7)
  • Introduction (p. 7)
  • The Anthropological Roots of Design Anthropology (p. 8)
  • Tracing the Threads (p. 9)
  • The Way We Were: The Legacy of the 1960s through the 1980s (p. 14)
  • Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary (p. 15)
  • 2 Design Roots (p. 30)
  • Introduction (p. 30)
  • Significance and Implications for Anthropology (p. 31)
  • The Sciences of the Artificial: Rationality and the Science of Design (p. 32)
  • Herbert Simon in Context (p. 33)
  • What are the Implications for Anthropology? (p. 34)
  • The Emergence of Professional Design (p. 36)
  • The Politics of the Artificial: Essays on Design and Design Studies (p. 37)
  • Unraveling the Politics: A Critique of the Artificial (p. 39)
  • Scientific "Truth": Blurring the Boundaries of Natural and Artificial (p. 41)
  • Contemporary Critiques of Design (p. 42)
  • The Social Turn: Design for the Other 90% (p. 43)
  • Branzi's Dilemma: Design Consciousness in Contemporary Culture (p. 45)
  • Twenty-First Century Design: An Integrative Discipline (p. 48)
  • The Design Education Manifesto (p. 49)
  • Designing With, Not Designing For: Participatory Design and Co-creation (p. 50)
  • Ethnography in the Field of Design (p. 51)
  • 3 Operationalizing Design Anthropology: How We Know It When We See it (p. 57)
  • Introduction (p. 57)
  • Disciplinary Evolution: Adapting to Change (p. 57)
  • Disruptive Change Demands Pluridisciplinary Collaborations (p. 58)
  • Design Anthropology: "Ethnographies of the Possible" (p. 60)
  • Events and Situated Practice (p. 61)
  • The Significance of Events and Situations in Anthropological Practice (p. 62)
  • An Emerging Set of Principles (p. 63)
  • Towards Tutu re-Making: Vignettes of Cultural Production and Change (p. 65)
  • Vignette 1 Design Anthropological Futures Conference (p. 66)
  • Vignette 2 BarnRaise (p. 68)
  • 4 Mapping Design Anthropology (p. 76)
  • Introduction (p. 76)
  • Design Anthropology: Discipline, Subject Area, or Research Strategy? (p. 77)
  • Social Network Analysis of Design Anthropology Events and Contributors (p. 81)
  • Data Description (p. 81)
  • Social Network Analysis (p. 82)
  • Google Sites Search (p. 84)
  • Discussion of Findings (p. 86)
  • Design Anthropology's COINs and CoPs (p. 88)
  • Tracking the Diffusion of Innovation (p. 91)
  • Conclusion (p. 95)
  • 5 Epilogue (p. 99)
  • Final Thoughts...For Now (p. 99)
  • Chaos and Emergent Order (p. 99)
  • A Field in Its Own Right (p. 99)
  • Not to Be Confused with Design Ethnography (p. 100)
  • Parallel Trajectories (p. 101)
  • Technological Challenges (p. 101)
  • Index (p. 103)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Christine Miller is Clinical Associate Professor of Innovation in the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. Her research interests incorporate how sociality and culture influence the design and diffusion of new products, processes, and technologies. She studies technology-mediator communication and knowledge work flows within multiple discipline groups, teams, and networks and the emergence of collaborative innovation networks (COINs).

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