Assistive shopping as Embodied Interaction

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


The talk will present video data of a shopping activities of a Danish person living with acquired brain injury, we call her S., and her care taker. While theories one shopping are often based on the independent shopper, S experiences due to her brain injury physical, cognitive and communicative challenges. Based on an embodied interaction analysis (Streek et al. 2011) The talk will describe and analyze the embodied and interactional elements of assisted shopping activities and demonstrate how S despite her impairments is treated as an independent shopper. As such, the talk will
1. contribute to the recent discourses within health care studies to gain a better understanding of the complex practices of care (e.g. Mol et al. 2010),
2. enrich the scientific knowledge on the situated, embodied and interactional shopping activities (e.g. DeStefani 2014 ), and
3. contribute to the growing body of studies analyzing the embodied and interactional dimensions of assistance and scaffolding (e.g. Tulbert and Goodwin 2011)
Period22 Nov 2018
Event typeConference
LocationÅrhus, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • disability
  • shopping
  • care
  • interaction
  • embodiement