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Ishtiaque Ahmed | Computing for Voice | Repair
HCI literature is often centered on the moments of design, and use. However, digital technologies often cease to function, and they require repairing. Under the consumerist culture of USA and many other countries in the Global West, the practice of repairing is not very wide-spread, but repairing is a part of cultural tradition in many countries in the Global South. A range of reasons, from economic constraints to post-humanistic bond with objects, people feel the urge to fix a broken object. Through fixing, people try to preserve and hold the time that has gone past them. However, the act of repairing has not got attention in mainstream HCI literature until recently. We conducted a long-term ethnography in 10 main electronic repair sites in Dhaka to understand the nuances of this culture. During this period of time, I completed a course on mobile phone repair under an expert repairer, and worked in a repair shop for Three weeks. I also conducted interviews of repairers, e-waste collectors, customers, and many other stake holders of repair business.

One important contribution of my ethnography was documentation of the art and skills embedded in repair work, which is often invisible. My ethnography further extended the study of knowledge associated with repairing by revealing the learning processes in repair communities of Bangladesh. My research has shown how the situated community based learning process has sustained the repair culture in Bangladesh for years now, and how that is related with a wide International network of knowledge, materials, and collaborations. Besides bringing out never heard stories of the low-paid repairers, my study deepened the understanding of "values" as practiced through repairing.
repair  ethnography  bangladesh 
3 days ago by tonyyet
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