Journal article

Digital housekeepers and domestic expertise in the networked home

J Kennedy, B Nansen, M Arnold, R Wilken, M Gibbs

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies | Sage Publications | Published : 2015

Abstract

This article examines the distribution of expertise in the performance of ‘digital housekeeping’ required to maintain a networked home. It considers the labours required to maintain a networked home, the forms of digital expertise that are available and valued in digital housekeeping, and ways in which expertise is gendered in distribution amongst household members. As part of this discussion, we consider how digital housekeeping implicitly situates technology work within the home in the role of the ‘housekeeper’, a term that is complicated by gendered sensitivities. Digital housework, like other forms of domestic labour, contributes to identity and self-worth. The concept of housework also ..

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