Social geographies II: Robots

Vincent J. Del Casino

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This report examines how social geographers are engaging with the questions that robots and robotic technologies provoke. First, it discusses Marxist analyses of machines and troubles the role that robots play in social production and reproduction. Second, robots as actors in assemblages of sociospatial relations are interrogated for their role in state violence. Third, the dynamic change brought about by smart cities and their algorithmic subjects is discussed. The concluding section is speculative, discussing robots and the ethics of care. This report asks social geographers to reimagine their social geographies in relation to the role of robots in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)846-855
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • care
  • drones
  • hardware/software
  • machines
  • robots
  • smart cities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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