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Cross-Cultural Technology DesignCreating Culture-Sensitive Technology for Local Users$
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Huatong Sun

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744763.001.0001

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Emma's Story: More than a Nice Gesture in a Technology-Mediated Life

Emma's Story: More than a Nice Gesture in a Technology-Mediated Life

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(p.181) 9 Emma's Story: More than a Nice Gesture in a Technology-Mediated Life
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Cross-Cultural Technology Design
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Huatong Sun

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744763.003.0009

This chapter traces the messaging use of American college student Emma for three years. It looks at meaning construction and identity work in cross-cultural design in a postmodern era and discusses how multiple identities were constructed in numerous layers of cultural contexts through a process of becoming, where the user was constantly looking for a technology to fit her lifestyle. It urges the design community to consider the role of subjectivity in design.

Keywords:   cross-cultural design, mobile messaging, meaning construction, identity work, a process of becoming, gender, subjectivity

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