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Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI

Challenging Sociality

An Anthropology of Robots, Autism, and Attachment

Authors: Richardson, Kathleen

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  • Explores how robots are imagined as occupying a unique liminal space between the human and the nonhuman
  • Examines how robots are put to use to help children with autism develop social behaviours and skills
  • Helps to create a new narrative around stigma, autism spectrum disorders, and society
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About this book

This book explores the development of humanoid robots for helping children with autism develop social skills based on fieldwork in the UK and the USA. Robotic scientists propose that robots can therapeutically help children with autism because there is a “special” affinity between them and mechanical things. This idea is supported by autism experts that claim those with autism have a preference for things over other persons. Autism is also seen as a gendered condition, with men considered less social and therefore more likely to have the condition. The author explores how these experiments in cultivating social skills in children with autism using robots, while focused on a unique subsection, is the model for a new kind of human-thing relationship for wider society across the capitalist world where machines can take on the role of the “you” in the relational encounter. Moreover, underscoring this is a form of consciousness that arises out of specific forms of attachment styles. 

About the authors

Kathleen Richardson is Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74754-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74753-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-09069-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Challenging Sociality
Book Subtitle
An Anthropology of Robots, Autism, and Attachment
Authors
Series Title
Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74754-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74754-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74753-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09069-2
Series ISSN
2523-8523
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 156
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