Social Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans: Nature, Materials and Technologies

Cecily Maller, Yolande Strengers

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Abstract

The robots are coming! So too is the 'age of automation', the march of 'invasive' species, more intense natural disasters, and a potential cataclysm of other unprecedented events and phenomena of which we do not yet know, and cannot predict. This book is concerned with how to account for these non-humans and their effects within theories of social practice. In particular, this provocative collection tackles contemporary debates about the roles, relations and agencies of constantly changing, disruptive, intelligent or otherwise 'dynamic' non-humans, such as weather, animals and automated devices. In doing so contributors challenge and take forward existing understandings of dynamic non-humans in theories of social practice by reconsidering their potential roles in everyday life. The book will benefit sociology, geography, science and technology studies, and human- (and animal-) computer interaction design scholars seeking to make sense of the complex entanglement of non-human phenomena and things in the performance of social practices.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages264
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783319921891
ISBN (Print)9783319921884
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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