Computer as such is a complex and elaborate object, it can be used in a number of ways, and its meaning and significance is not clearly stabilized before it has been "domesticated" into everyday use and routines at home. Because of this, the process of constructing the meaning of computer should be considered as local and situational process, as a network of action of things, objects and users. This paper observes the use and meaning of computer from a constructivist view-point. Meanings of technical devices are constructed in relations to other actors and things around them in their surroundings. In the context of home these actors and things are other media, technical devices, domestic objects and their users. Relations in this network of action are interactive, reciprocal and dynamic.
This paper concentrates on two aspects in the domestication process of the computer: spatial articulations of computers at people's homes and the process of creating competence of using computers. The spatial articulations of computers and the users' articulations of their competencies are viewed as gendered practices. In the network of action technology is one of the "actors" that reciprocally articulates gender.
This research is user oriented, technology is studied from the perspective of user's, focusing on practices of their everyday life. Our qualitative interview data gives the opportunity to concentrate on the use of computer and its appliances and its relations to other media technologies. This research will increase understanding on the prerequisites of adopting and using information and communication technology and their services.
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