Jenny L. Davis
Book 3 of @Histoire_techniques
actor network theory
computer mediated communication
critical technology studies
information communication technologies
politics of design
science and technology studies
sociology of technology
technology as materialized action
Published: Jul 17, 2020
Description:A conceptual update of affordance theory that introduces the mechanisms and conditions framework, providing a vocabulary and critical perspective.
Technological affordances mediate between the features of a technology and the outcomes of engagement with that technology. The concept of affordances, which migrated from psychology to design with Donald Norman's influential 1988 book, The Design of Everyday Things, offers a useful analytical tool in technology studies—but, Jenny Davis argues in How Artifacts Afford, it is in need of a conceptual update. Davis provides just such an update, introducing the mechanisms and conditions framework, which offers both a vocabulary and necessary critical perspective for affordance analyses.