Ageing as a Boundary Object. Thinking Differently of Ageing and Care

Michela Cozza, Vera Gallistl, Anna Wanka, Helen Manchester, Tiago Moreira


Abstract: Ageing is not only a chronological matter. The following contributions at the crossroad of STS, material gerontology, design, and medical sociology offer alternative views on ageing and care. Ageing emerges as a boundary object through which authors explore the relationship with technologies and technology-based processes and practices. Authors point out that becoming older is a sociomaterial process and emphasize the importance of thinking with care when designing technology as well as the relevance of the socio-technical imaginary in conceptualizing older people.

Keywords: age studies; material gerontology; care; co-design; frailty.

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