Researching Affordances

Aske Kammer

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In an age of profound technological changes, the concept of affordances has
assumed a prominent position in the vocabulary scholars use to describe and
analyze current transformations. Affordances is a concept that is subject to
continuous developments and renegotiations through the scholarly conversation,
even if the conceptual core of it (that it relates to the possibilities for action that an
environment or artifact offer a living being) remains stable. This chapter provides
a conceptual overview and discussion of the concept of affordances, outlining the
most important positions and developments in its history. Furthermore, the
chapter proposes a methodological procedure for measuring quantitatively the
use of affordances; this way, it suggests to broaden the scholarly focus on
affordances beyond situated qualitative cases to also pay an interest to the use
of affordances across larger samples of communicative, organizational, or institutional
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Handbook of Internet Research
EditorsJeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup, Matthew M. Allen
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-024-1202-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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