Advancing the Value of Ethnography

Bodywork and Productivity in Workplace Ethnography


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2014 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1559-8918.

Office workers still rely on their bodies to communicate with each other, despite many decades of technology use. This Pecha Kucha explores how and in what ways office work involves people’s bodies and this “bodywork” plays in productivity. I argue that technology is now able to emulate some effects of bodywork.

Sam Ladner is a sociologist who researches the intersection of work, technology, and organizations. She is a senior researcher at Microsoft in the Applications and Services Group, where she studies emerging productivity practices. She is also the author of Practical Ethnography: A Guide To Doing Ethnography in The Private Sector. | @sladner on Twitter


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