Université de Neuchâtel

The smart home as a place of control and security : an analysis of domestication of smart technologies for the making of a home

Innocenti, Laura ; Hertz, Ellen (Dir.) ; Dubuis, Claudia (Codir.)

Mémoire de master : Université de Neuchâtel, 2017 ; 404.

Home is variously conceived as place of security and control, of domestic practices and identity. Smart homes, in contrast, are often portrayed narrowly in technical or functional terms for their capacity to enhance comfort, convenience, energy management and security. Studies of smart homes that are concerned with control and security issues generally do so to improve usability of smart...

Université de Neuchâtel

Representations of forest : social anthropological study of a village on the border of the dry deciduous forest in Madagascar

Lindenmann, Katharina ; Hertz, Ellen (Dir.)

Mémoire de diplôme universitaire : Université de Neuchâtel, 2008.

Soatany is a village of subsistence farmers in the Menabe central (Madagascar). The village was established mostly by immigrants coming from the south of Madagascar. The current location of the village and its cultivation sites used to be forest territory. The story of the village is the story of a successful transformation of a forest into a prospering village. This is the important background...