Cultural Mobilities: Diversity and Agency in Urban Computing

  • Paul Dourish
  • Ken Anderson
  • Dawn Nafus
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4663)


The rise of wireless networks and portable computing devices has been accompanied by an increasing interest in technology and mobility, and in the urban environment as a site of interaction. However, most investigations have taken a relatively narrow view of urban mobility. In consequence, design practice runs the risk of privileging particular viewpoints, forms of mobility, and social groups. We are interested in a view of mobility that reaches beyond traditional assumptions about the who, when, why, and what of mobility. Based on analytic perspectives from the social sciences and on empirical fieldwork in a range of settings, we outline an alternative view of technology and mobility with both analytic and design implications.


Mobile Computing Ubiquitous Computing Urban Space Public Transit Urban Living 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Dourish
    • 1
  • Ken Anderson
    • 2
  • Dawn Nafus
    • 2
  1. 1.Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-3440USA
  2. 2.People and Practices Research, Intel Corporation, 20270 NW AmberGlen Court, Beaverton, OR 97006USA

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