It seems like the early favorite for the book is:
The Interpretation of culture by Clifford Geertz
As for pace:
~120 pages a week? (or whatever the nearest chapter breakdown is?)
It's not sexy, but serial postings on the Google Groups page, may be
the best thing to start with.
Again, this is just an excited contributor making a suggestion, if
there are other ideas I'm all for them. Steve, As the founder of the
group perhaps you could make the final call on this.
I look forward to the development of the group,
There's other contextualizing pieces also on the Web that we could use
to read around Geertz. I'll try and round some up over the next few
[Note that the Geertz book is a collection of essays, and so lacks the
narrative arc you might find in a monograph. You probably wouldn't
want to read it all the way through - you might get pretty sick of
Geertz and his prose style by then ;)]
I think that there's enough in the Geertz essay to carry us forward
for at least a couple of weeks, and give us time to order books and
figure out what we might want to do next. And hopefully the question
of "What do we want to do?" will emerge a bit from this first reading
My last post included the statement "Let's see what discussion
ensues over the long weekend." Sorry if this wasn't clear enough, but
I was in fact setting a point in time for some next step decisions. I
think we're all agreed in wanting to move forward, and I think
"facilitating the group" needn't be misconstrued as being "bossy"!
>From a HCI standpoint I mean that theory can be inaccessible and
esoteric. It can be hard to know how theory relates to the practical
work of a field, especially for people not coming from the social
sciences. It would also serve to evangelise theory and hold it up as
practical and useful in HCI practice.
As may be clear also, I don't just mean theories of ethnographic
practice but wider social theory ... I want to see what a post-feminist
actor-network interface looks like!