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Show simple item record Bidwell, NJ Siya, M Marsden, G Tucker, WD Tshemese, M Gaven, N Ntlangano, S Robinson, S Eglington, KA 2014-01-13T07:17:16Z 2014-01-13T07:17:16Z 2013-09
dc.identifier.citation Bidwell, N.J, Siya, M, Marsden, G, Tucker, W.D, Tshemese, M, Gaven, N, Ntlangano, S, Robinson, S and Eglington, K.A. Walking and the social life of solar charging in rural Africa. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, vol. 20(4), pp 22:1-22:33 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1073-0516
dc.description Copyright: 2013 ACM Digital library. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY. The definitive version is published in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, vol. 20(4), pp 22:1-22:33 en_US
dc.description.abstract The authors consider practices that sustain social and physical environments beyond those dominating sustainable HCI discourse. They describe links between walking, sociality, and using resources in a case study of community-based, solar, cellphone charging in villages in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Like 360 million rural Africans, inhabitants of these villages are poor and, like 25% and 92% of the world, respectively, do not have domestic electricity or own motor vehicles. They describe nine practices in using the charging stations they deployed. They recorded 700 people using the stations, over a year, some regularly. The authors suggest that the way we frame practices limits insights about them, and consider various routines in using and sharing local resources to discover relations that might also feature in charging. Specifically, walking interconnects routines in using, storing, sharing and sustaining resources, and contributes to knowing, feeling, wanting and avoiding as well as to different aspects of sociality, social order and perspectives on sustainability. Along the way, bodies acquire literacies that make certain relationalities legible. Their study shows they cannot assert what sustainable practice means a priori and, further, that detaching practices from bodies and their paths limits solutions, at least in rural Africa. Thus, they advocate a more “alongly” integrated approach to data about practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher ACM Digital Library en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;11674
dc.subject South African eastern Cape villages en_US
dc.subject Computer-human interaction en_US
dc.subject Cellphone charging en_US
dc.subject Topokinesis en_US
dc.subject Embodiment en_US
dc.subject Solar charging en_US
dc.title Walking and the social life of solar charging in rural Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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