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Humanist Archives: Oct. 31, 2018, 8:32 a.m. Humanist 32.148 - wayfinding?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 148.
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        Date: 2018-10-31 08:29:20+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: wayfinding?

One of the functions of Humanist that I found difficult to do without 
was putting research questions to a large and diversely learned 
audience. The latest of these questions is still a live one, so I will 
take this opportunity to ask it now that I can.

Especially since Lucy Suchman's Plans and Situated Actions (1987, 
revised as Human-Machine Reconfigurations, 2007)*, wayfinding has been a 
popular way to think about human-machine relations. She begins the 1987 
book by reference to a 1964 anthropological study of the Trukese 
(Chuukese, Micronesian), with particular attention to how they navigate. 
The 2007 book begins with quotations from anthropologist Tim Ingold's 
Perception of the Environment (2000) and John Bowers' MA dissertation, 
Improvising Machines (2002)**.

My question is this: where would you go apart from the above better to 
understand wayfinding in the Micronesian sense?

Many thanks for any pointers.


*See esp Paul Duguid's retrospective discussion, "On rereading. Suchman 
and Situated Action", Le Libellio d’AEGIS 8.2: 3-9, 


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of
Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western
Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews

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