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Analyzing lived experience of activity

Béatrice Cahour 1, 2 Pascal Salembier 3 Moustapha Zouinar 4
2 SPE - Sociologie Psychologie Ergonomique
I3, une unité mixte de recherche CNRS (UMR 9217) - Institut interdisciplinaire de l’innovation
3 Tech-CICO - TECHnologies pour la Coopération, l’Interaction et les COnnaissances dans les collectifs
CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : FRE2732, ICD - Institut Charles Delaunay
Abstract : Analysis of activity usually deals with various aspects of how workers accomplish their tasks in work settings, and how people use and interact with artefacts in their everyday lives. In recent years, growing interest has focused on lived or subjective experience in ergonomics and Human-Computer Interaction. Few studies have focused so far, however, on the relationships between subjective experience and activity. In addition, the links between these two concepts are not very clear, especially as the meaning of subjective experience is often not well understood. It is therefore proposed in this paper to address these issues by investigating the links between lived experience, taking a phenomenological approach, and activity. Subjective experience of an activity is defined here as the stream of actions, emotions, thoughts and perceptual sensations generated while performing an activity, which the subject is or can be made aware of. Based on this definition, we describe and discuss some methods (self-confrontation and explicitation interviews) which seem to be particularly relevant for documenting subjective experience, and show how detailed analyses of subjective experience can yield new insights which help to understand the activity in question more clearly.
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Béatrice Cahour, Pascal Salembier, Moustapha Zouinar. Analyzing lived experience of activity. Le travail humain, Presses Universitaires de France, 2016, 79 (3), pp.259. ⟨10.3917/th.793.0259⟩. ⟨hal-02172453⟩



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