IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(3): 232-236 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.234

Human-Computer Interaction through Sociological Lens

Liliia V. Zemnukhova
Abstract—Interaction is the central category of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research area. The main purpose of HCI is to make interaction with computer systems usable. Usability of interface forms the basis of the HCI logic. However, there are some conceptual problems with interaction within the discipline. Sociological perspective provides a shift of attention and an alternative view on problematization and conceptualization. Therefore, the article bears epistemological character. In this article, human-computer interaction is treated as an object of sociology after the material turn, and in particular Science and Technology Studies (STS). Though this approach does not any explanations, it fundamentally changes frames of references. As a result, human-computer interaction becomes a new possible object of sociology, though sociology itself is not quite ready to take it.

Index Terms—Human-computer interaction, science and technology studies, sociology, material turn.

L. V. Zemnukhova is with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Adinistration (RANEPA), Moscow, Russia (e-mail: l.zemnukhova@gmail.com).

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Cite:Liliia V. Zemnukhova, "Human-Computer Interaction through Sociological Lens," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 232-236, 2013.

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