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Temporal Aspects in IS Research: Older People and Technology from a Temporal Perspective

Giulia Rodeschini
University of Trento, Italy


Abstract
In this position paper I present my PhD project - dealing with the relation between technology (ICTs and ATs) and older people – from a temporal perspective. In my research, a temporal perspective is useful both in the study of the process of aging and in the studies of gerotechnologies. In particular, in this position paper I take into account two concepts proposed by Barbara Adam (1990, 2004, 2009): timescape and futurescape. Timescapes identifies the combination of the irreducible elements involved in "time." Amongst these, my analysis is focused on three elements: timing, tempo, temporal modalities. Futurescape is a useful theoretical tool to account for the social and historical features of our lives. In the paper I consider this concept from two different standpoints: present future and future present (Luhman, 1981; Adam and Groves, 2007). At the end, I propose to study the role played by ICTs and ATs as objects linking past, present and future.

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Reference:Rodeschini G. (2010). "Temporal Aspects in IS Research: Older People and Technology from a Temporal Perspective," Proceedings > Proceedings of ALPIS
itAIS, Italy . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(19). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-19
Keywords:Keywords: Aging, ICTs and ATs, temporality, timescape, futurscape
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 19 (2010)
Language:English
Email: Giulia Rodeschini (g.rodeschini@email.unitn.it)

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