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How Does Context Matter? On Common Explanations of Technology in Practice-based Studies
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8476-6852
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-50730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-50730DiVA, id: diva2:1469039
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Practices and the Practical Dimension in the Study of Social Life, Copenhagen, July 9-11, 2018
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This paper explores the potential pitfalls in evoking contexts in explanations, using the case of explanations of technological use as example. Three contextual notions that explain technology in action are assessed in light of theories that commonly draw upon these: systems, practices, and situation. Contrasting these three, this paper addresses: the conceptual incompatibilities between prevalent contextual explanations, and how different appeals to context direct scholars in different empirical and analytical directions. Next, the paper discusses the possibility of combining contexts in explanations. Proposing that one avenue to avoid potential pitfalls is possible through a slimmed down practice theoretical frame, this paper suggests a way to retain the explanatory value of different contextual explanations by sidestepping conceptual problems. Simultaneously, the frame is open-ended enough for a variety of methods and empirical interests. The paper concludes by stressing the need of telling how context matters in fields where theorizing is eclectic.

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