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Digital voice assistants, robotic vacuum cleaners, and automated heating – these are just a few examples of the advancing technologies that are increasingly entering the home. ‘Smart home’ technologies reconfigure not only the materiality of domestic space; they also affect social life and everyday practices. Based on qualitative studies of households and technology developers, this dissertation provides insights on the relationship between the visions behind the technology on the one hand and everyday practices on the other. Through an exploration of smart home technologies’ implementation into new and existing household practices, it is shown how the smart home is a locus of challenges, negotiation, and conflicts, with important implications for gender, energy consumption, control, and power.
Original languageEnglish
Electronic ISBNs978-87-7573-827-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

PhD supervisor: Professor Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, Aalborg University
PhD co-supervisor: Postdoc Line Valdorff Madsen, Aalborg University

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