To move ahead - the extension of a life-world

Eva Flodin

Research output: ThesisLicentiate Thesis

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This licentiate thesis is a monography complemented with one published article:
“Interactive Design – the desire for autonomous upright mobility: A longitudinal case
study, Technology and Disability 19 (2007) 213-224”. My hope is that the combination
of the monographic part (with its phenomenological tone, personified and situated), and
the more unbarked “Technology and Disability” article (with its orientation towards the
general rather than the personal aspects) will contribute to dialogues on different
scientifical approaches.
The overall purpose of this thesis is to develop new knowledge on child development
under the conditions of SMA II. As I use a life-world phenomenological approach my
first quest is to highlight and make explicit what appeared in Hanna’s life-world and
how these experiences have contributed to her overall development.
I also want to put forward how Hanna’s motility and mobility were supported, guided by
what she expressed and strived for, in order to promote a healthy physical,
psychological and social development. A special focus is on independent locomotion
and how this was accomplished for Hanna. By using technology in a new way it was
possible to enhance Hanna’s access to the world through the medium of her lived
body, thus changing her life-world by widening her life-world horizon. The second quest
of this licentiate thesis is to make this journey explicit.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Certec - Rehabilitation Engineering and Design
  • Jönsson, Bodil, Supervisor
ISBN (Print)978-91-976894-3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Human Computer Interaction

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