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Chapter 34 | Rapid Prototyping for Social Science Research

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Rapid Prototyping for Social Science Research
Carey Jewitt Kerstin Leder Mackley Douglas Atkinson Sara Price
Introduction

Given social science researchers’ increasing interest in materiality and embodied practices, there is considerable potential for productive methodological engagement with design-based research practices. In this chapter, we explore the potential of conducting social science research ‘through design’ (Lupton, 2018: 2, emphasis added). We reflect on a series of workshops investigating the societal implications and impact of digital technologies on the mediation of touch communication. The workshops used the design-based research method of rapid prototyping as a quick and approximate way to engage with ideas of remote digital touch communication that draw the ...

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