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📄Research Article │ 🔍Refereed🔓Open Access

Multi-Situated App Studies:
Methods and Propositions

📂Doing App Studies This article discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focussing on their embeddedness and situatedness within multiple infrastructural settings. Our approach involves 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, make apps visible and accountable in a variety of unique ways. Therefore, engaging with and even staging these situations allows for political-economic, social, and cultural dynamics associated with apps and their infrastructures to be investigated through a style of research we describe as multi-situated app studies. This article offers an overview of four different entry points of enquiry that are exemplary of this multi-situated approach, 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.

📋 ✍Cite

📋Cite (APA) Dieter, M. J., Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Tkacz, N. van der Vlist, F. N., & Weltevrede, E. J. T. (2019). Multi-Situated App Studies: Methods and Propositions. Social Media + Society, 5(2), 1–15. SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.1177/2056305119846486.
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Kind Journal Article; Original Research Article
Author M. J. Dieter; C. Gerlitz; A. Helmond; N. Tkacz; F. N. van der Vlist; E. J. T. Weltevrede
Designer DensityDesign Lab
Publication Date 2019, June 6 [first published online]; 2019, April–June [issue published]
Journal Social Media + Society (SM+S)
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 1–15 (15)
Publisher SAGE Publications (London, United Kingdom)
Identifier 10.1177/2056305119846486 [self]; 2056-3051 [part of]; 262513311 [funded by]; 275-45-009 [funded by]
License CC BY-ND 4.0


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