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Considering the concepts of the lived body and the lifeworld as tools for better understanding the meaning of assistive devices in everyday life

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Inger Berndtsson
Publicerad i Paper presenterat vid Kongsberg Vision Meeting, Vision research day 31 oktober
Publiceringsår 2018
Publicerad vid Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik
Språk en
Ämnesord assistive technology, lifeworld phenomenology, embodied experience, visual disability, long cane, orientation and mobility
Ämneskategorier Pedagogik

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The lives of individuals with physical or perceptual impairments are often filled with various objects that support daily activities and are generally referred to as assistive technologies. These are usually understood as objects relating to individuals’ functional capabilities. In this article, assistive technology is instead interpreted and explored in its subjective and social meaning by drawing on continental philosophy within a framework of lifeworld phenomenology and hermeneutics, putting forward existence, embodiment and the sociality of the lifeworld. The long cane as used by visually impaired and blind people is discussed as an example, based on results from two earlier empirical studies. Three themes or dimensions stood out in the analysis: one relating to intersubjectivity and the social world, another relating to embodiment and the lived space, and one in which the long cane is interpreted as a tool for building a new world. These dimensions have been discussed individually in philosophical terms to some degree. However, here they are intertwined and analysed based on empirical research on individuals in the process of learning or using the long cane in everyday life, which gives new meaning to the researched subject.

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