This paper offers a meta-reflection on what can be meant to do participatory design for an ageing society. Ageing is a personal matter, and when ageing meets design, many dynamics unearth, from ageing stereotypes in the actors involved (researchers, seniors themselves, stakeholders, institutional narratives of funding agencies) to critical reactions and reflexive processes. I argue then that repositioning the actors from their own constellations of meanings (perspectives) is beneficial for a critical participatory design. I articulate this reflexive process as part of Design Anthropology. Hence, I provide an account of my experience as a participatory designer with an anthropological background that conducts ethnographic field study among seniors, elaborating design interventions together with them.

Researcher's relocations "in her own terms": repositioning meta-perspectives in the realm of (design for) ageing / Tonolli, Linda. - In: INTERNATIONAL REPORTS ON SOCIO-INFORMATICS. - ISSN 1861-4280. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:3(2016), pp. 21-28. ((Intervento presentato al convegno COOP tenutosi a Trento nel 23rd-27th May 2016.

Researcher's relocations "in her own terms": repositioning meta-perspectives in the realm of (design for) ageing.

Tonolli, Linda
2016-01-01

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This paper offers a meta-reflection on what can be meant to do participatory design for an ageing society. Ageing is a personal matter, and when ageing meets design, many dynamics unearth, from ageing stereotypes in the actors involved (researchers, seniors themselves, stakeholders, institutional narratives of funding agencies) to critical reactions and reflexive processes. I argue then that repositioning the actors from their own constellations of meanings (perspectives) is beneficial for a critical participatory design. I articulate this reflexive process as part of Design Anthropology. Hence, I provide an account of my experience as a participatory designer with an anthropological background that conducts ethnographic field study among seniors, elaborating design interventions together with them.
Proceedings of the COOP 2016 -Symposium on challenges and experiences in designing for an ageing society: Reflecting on concepts of age(ing) and communication practices.
Bonn
IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics
Tonolli, Linda
Researcher's relocations "in her own terms": repositioning meta-perspectives in the realm of (design for) ageing / Tonolli, Linda. - In: INTERNATIONAL REPORTS ON SOCIO-INFORMATICS. - ISSN 1861-4280. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:3(2016), pp. 21-28. ((Intervento presentato al convegno COOP tenutosi a Trento nel 23rd-27th May 2016.
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