‘Active citizenship’ and feeding assistive robotics: a crumbling story?

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Would you want to be fed by a robot? This question may or may not sound attractive to a severely disabled citizen striving for self-reliance. Recently assistive robotics have become a new factor to rely on in relation to a number of aspects of social work and health care. These initiatives have in common that they involve important elements of autonomy and self-care and are part of an international movement toward empowering citizens and patients. This chapter discusses the relation between care innovation and new modes of citizenship in terms of the ‘active’ citizen. By way of an ethnographic study, I discuss the ways humans engage with them, how they co-produce everyday life in housing institutions, and the sensitivity of assistive robotics. During the latest years, Feeding Assistive Robotics (FAR) have enjoyed strong political endorsement in Denmark. Nevertheless, I argue, it is difficult to use FAR in practice. This has to do with many goals and criteria crossing each other and the fact that it is difficult to recruit suitable citizens and establish a stable FAR – body assembly. By way of two examples, a success and a failure. I elucidate different modes of engagement, which leads to the research question: How does citizen innovation take place alongside care innovation? Using material semiotics as an analytic resource, leads to a discussion of what knowledge of the sensible world is inscripted into the FAR. The chapter is intended tell the story of how the initial political-managerial enthusiasm with regard to FAR have crumbled in 5 years.
TitelDesigning robots, designing humans
RedaktørerCathrine Hasse, Dorte Marie Søndergaard
ISBN (trykt)978-0-415-78656-0 , 978-0-415-78657-7
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-315-22720-7
StatusUdgivet - 2019


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