Socio-technological imaginaries, assistive robotics and transformation of care: 4S - Sydney, Track 1. Digitization of Health

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The media and political/managerial levels focus on the opportunities to re-perform Denmark through digitization. Feeding assistive robotics (FAR) is a welfare technology, relevant to citizens with no function in their arms. Despite national dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to recruit suitable citizens. This study discusses roboticists’ and governmental agencies’ socio-technological imaginaries. We argue that imaginaries intertwine with stakeholders’ organizing of their worlds and discuss the resulting tinkering during implementation. The ANT idea of ‘follow the actor’ inspired the study that took place as multi-sited ethnography at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. Based on desk research, observation of meals and interviews we examine socio-technological imaginaries and their practical implications. Human - FAR interaction demands engagement and understanding of the particular situation of the user. The study contributes to STS by providing an empirical analysis where political imaginaries, the technology developers’ assumptions, and users and care providers hassles are in focus.
Keywords: Socio-technological imaginaries, tinkering, STS, welfare technologies, assistive robotics, care work
Original languageEnglish
Publication year29 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2018
EventSociety for Social Studies of Science (4S). Australia, Sydney: Annual Meeting. - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Aug 20181 Sep 2018


ConferenceSociety for Social Studies of Science (4S). Australia, Sydney

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