‘She’s nice company and a good friend’: thinking with Haraway to reconceptualise children’s playful interactions with Alexa in the family home

Sakr, Mona ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3057-2758 (2021) ‘She’s nice company and a good friend’: thinking with Haraway to reconceptualise children’s playful interactions with Alexa in the family home. In: Creative families: Gender and technologies of everyday life. Mikats, Jana, Kink-Hampersberger, Susanne and Oates-Indruchová, Libora, eds. Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 167-188. ISBN 9783030708023, e-ISBN 9783030708030. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-70803-0_8)

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Abstract

The aims of this chapter are to explore the ways in which children think about Alexa – the conversational agent that inhabits Amazon’s The Echo device – and what happens when they playfully engage with it/her in a family context. In particular, the chapter seeks to examine the potentials of children’s play and playfulness with Alexa through Donna Haraway’s concepts of ‘the cyborg’ and ‘making kin’. In Haraway’s post-human philosophy, the cyborg as an entity generates possibilities for troubling a number of divides that we live by (human/non-human; male/female; mind/body). [...]

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Part of the Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference book series (PSMKRD).
Series ISSN: 2752-7352
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 33592
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a chapter published in Creative families - Gender and technologies of everyday life. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Sakr, Mona (2021) ‘She’s nice company and a good friend’: thinking with Haraway to reconceptualise children’s playful interactions with Alexa in the family home. In: Mikats, Jana, Kink-Hampersberger, Susanne and Oates-Indruchová, Libora, (eds) Creative families - Gender and technologies of everyday life, Palgrave Studies in Mediating Kinship, Representation, and Difference . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 167-188. https://doi.org/doi:10.1007/978-3-030-70803-0_8 is available online at: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783030708023
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Depositing User: Mona Sakr
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 16:35
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 10:54
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33592

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