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metadata.dc.title: Store, interface, package, connection : methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies
Authors: Dieter, Michael 
Gerlitz, Carolin 
Helmond, Anne 
Tkacz, Nathaniel 
Vlist, Fernando van der 
Weltevrede, Esther 
Institute: DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 1187 "Medien der Kooperation" 
Free keywords: Mobile computing, Application Software
Dewey Decimal Classification: 302.23 Medien (Kommunikationsmittel)
Issue Date: 2018
Publish Date: 2018
Series/Report no.: Working paper series / SFB 1187 Medien der Kooperation 
Source: SFB 1187 Medien der Kooperation: Working Paper Series, No. 4, 2018. - URL
This paper discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focussing on their embeddedness and situatedness within multiple infrastructural settings. Our approach arises by paying close attention to the multivalent affordances of apps as software packages, particularly their capacity to enter into diverse groupings and relations depending on different infrastructural situations. The changing situations they evoke and participate in, accordingly, makes apps visible and accountable in a variety of unique ways. Engaging with and even staging these situations, therefore, allows for political-economic, social and cultural dynamics associated with apps and their infrastructures can be investigated through a style of research we describe as multi-situated app studies. The piece offers an overview of four different entry points of enquiry that are exemplary of this overarching framework, focussing on app stores, app interfaces, app packages and app connections. We conclude with nine propositions that develop out of these studies as prompts for further research.
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:467-13410
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