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The American robot : a cultural history / Dustin A. Abnet.

Author/creator Abnet, Dustin A. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Copyright Notice ©2020
Description376, pages : illustraions ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: An Intimate and Distant Machine -- God and Demon, 1790-1910 -- The Republican Automaton -- Humanizing the Industrial Machine -- Mechanizing Men -- Masters and Slaves? 1910-1945 -- Symbolizing the Machine Age -- Building the Slaves of Tomorrow -- Conditioning the Robot's Brain -- A War against the Machine Age -- Playfellow and Protector, 1945-2019 -- Preserving American Innocence -- The Postindustrial Gift -- Cheerful Robots -- Epilogue: The American Robot.
Abstract "As Dustin Abnet shows, the robot-whether automaton, Mechanical Turk, cyborg, or iPhone, whether humanized machine or mechanized human being-has long been a fraught embodiment of human fears. Abnet investigates, moreover, how the discourse of the robot has reinforced social and economic inequalities as well as fantasies of social control. "Robots" as a trope are not necessarily mechanical but are rather embodiments of quasi humanity, exhibiting a mix of human and nonhuman characteristics. Such figures are troubling to dominant discourses, which cannot easily assimilate them or identify salient boundaries. The robot lurks beneath the fears that fracture society"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formebook version : 9780226692852
LCCN 2019037835
ISBN9780226692715 hardcover
ISBN022669271X hardcover
ISBNelectronic book

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