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Robo sapiens japanicus: Robots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation

Jennifer Robertson


Japan is arguably the first postindustrial society to embrace the prospect of human-robot coexistence. Over the past decade, Japanese humanoid robots designed for use in homes, hospitals, offices, and schools have become celebrated in the global mass media and on social media. Robo sapiens japanicus casts a critical eye on press releases and PR videos that (mis)represent actual robots as being as versatile and agile as their science fiction counterparts. An ethnography and sociocultural history of governmental, academic, and popular discourses of human-robot relations in Japan, this book explo ... More

Keywords: robots, innovation, human-robot relations, gender, family, robot rights, cyborg, uncanny valley, ethnography, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283190
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Robertson, author
University of Michigan