Embedding Complementarity in HCI Methods

Janni Nielsen, Carsten Yssing, Karin Tweddell Levinsen

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    Differences in cultural contexts constitute differences in cognition, and research has shown that different cultures may use different cognitive tools for perception and reasoning. The cultural embeddings are significant in relation to HCI, because the cultural context is also embedded in the techniques and the tools that we apply. We lack a framework for discussing what and who we are, when we talk about a person as the user of an ICT system that has to be designed, developed and implemented. As a framework, we suggest a theory of complementary positions that insists on solid accounts from all observer posi-tions in relation to perspective, standpoint and focus. We need to develop com-plementary theories that embed complexity, and we need to reflect critically upon forty years of dominance by rationalistic, empirical understandings of the user as illustrated in the literature and practice within the HCI paradigm in system development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Indo-Danish, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Symposium : Cross Cultural Issues in HCI
    EditorsPradeep Yammiyavar, Torkil Clemmensen
    Number of pages10
    PublisherIndian Institute of Technology Guwahati
    Publication date2007
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventIndo-Danish, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Symposium - Assam, India
    Duration: 14 May 200615 May 2006


    ConferenceIndo-Danish, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Symposium

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