List making in the home

Alex S. Taylor*, Laurel Swan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper presents research on the use of household lists. Drawing on an ethnographic study of mothers' work, it focuses on the centrality of paper lists in home- and child-care arrangements, and reveals that they provide a useful means for organizing the complex interrelations between a household's people, activities and tasks. However, paper lists are also shown to be poor at handling the separation, or classification, of these things. In conclusion, both these positive and negative aspects of list making are used to raise broad pointers for CSCW and system design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW '04: Proceedings of the 2004 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1581138105
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2004
EventCSCW04: Computer Supported Cooperative Work - Chicago, United States
Duration: 6 Nov 200410 Nov 2004


ConferenceCSCW04: Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Abbreviated titleCSCW'04
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Home life
  • Housework
  • Women and technology


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