Whither labor geography and the rise of the robots?

David Bissell, Vincent J. Del Casino

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Abstract

The rise of the robots suggests a technological revolution like no other. It heralds potentially profound impacts on jobs and labor markets. Geographers have so far remained relatively quiet about such transformations. This commentary suggests ways in which social and cultural geographers can expand upon a robust labor geography and the debates surrounding the relationship between robots, robotic technologies, and labor. Six areas of engagement are offered that outline the richness and nuance of social and cultural geographical analysis related to the ‘rise of the robots’ at a time where much of the popular discourse around robotics is characterized by the extremities of either dystopian angst or positive boosterism. We call on social and cultural geographers to engage in conceptually rigorous and empirically informed research that provides novel ways of making sense of the multiple dimensions of our robotic futures.

Translated title of the contributionWhither labor geography and the rise of the robots?
LanguageSpanish
Pages435-442
Number of pages8
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

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Keywords

  • Algorithmic life
  • automation
  • labor geographies
  • robots and robotic technologies

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies

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¿Hacia dónde va la geografía laboral y el auge de los robots? / Bissell, David; Del Casino, Vincent J.

In: Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 18, No. 3, 03.04.2017, p. 435-442.

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