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Socio-technical ecology: the ideas of Hägerstrand as ananalytical framework for sustainability in housing studies
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Technology, everyday life, society)
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, there is an imperative to apply holistic approaches in research, but weaving parts into a whole is a challenge that few can handle. This paper builds on Hägerstrand’s perspective, what he termed socio–technical ecology, using it as an analytical framework to describe and understand habitat-related issues. Socio–technical ecology offers a foundation for research that draws attention to the material and temporal significance of housing for people, nature, and technology. Previous research into the housing has called for a unified perspective, and I argue here that socio–technical ecology offers such a viable unified approach to sustainability studies of housing. My starting point is that research into socio–technical ecology connects people, technology, and nature, making use of theories and concepts that can be obtained from other sources. Our houses are subject to both private considerations and national policy and embody both simple and complex issues. Our identities are formed spiritually and materially in our homes, which are spaces for both solitude and social interaction. Though homes offer protection against natural elements, people often prefer to maintain some contact with nature through a surrounding garden or houseplants, and like to open windows to air out interior stuffiness and let in fresh air. Our homes bring together and interweave the human, natural, and artificial spheres, usually on people’s own terms. This does not, however, imply conflict-free relationships between people, things, and nature.

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Socio-technical ecology, time-space geography, Hägerstrand
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80865OAI: diva2:548789
6th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference 2012(AHRC12), February 8-10, Adelaide, South Australia
The co-production of sustainable energy futures? - socio-technical regimes and worlds in the use and management of energy systems in buildings
Available from: 2012-08-31 Created: 2012-08-31 Last updated: 2012-09-10

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