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Japanese Robot Culture

Performance, Imagination, and Modernity

Authors: Sone, Yuji

  • Offers a unique interdisciplinary approach of the cultural reception of Japanese robotics through a theatre and performance studies perspective
  • Addresses the growing field of ‘social robotics’ in Japan
  • Analyses the performative relation between Japanese culture and robots
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About this book

Japanese Robot Culture examines social robots in Japan, those in public, domestic, and artistic contexts. Unlike other studies, this book sees the robot in relation to Japanese popular culture, and argues that the Japanese ‘affinity’ for robots is the outcome of a complex loop of representation and social expectation in the context of Japan’s continuing struggle with modernity. Considering Japanese robot culture from the critical perspectives afforded by theatre and performance studies, this book is concerned with representations of robots and their inclusion in social and cultural contexts, which science and engineering studies do not address. The robot as a performing object generates meaning in staged events and situations that make sense for its Japanese observers and participants. This book examines how specific modes of encounter with robots in carefully constructed mises en scène can trigger reflexive, culturally specific, and often ideologically-inflected responses. 

About the authors

Dr Yuji Sone is a lecturer in the Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Australia. He teaches theatre and performance studies courses with an emphasis on praxis in relation to cultural studies and media studies; he is also a performer and dramaturge.

Reviews

“As robots are predicted to replace human labour in many jobs in the future, this book forms a valuable function in its in-depth exploration of the complex relationships between ‘real’ humans and artificial humans. Japanese Robot Culture caters to the increasing scholarly interest in robot technology and performance, and is a substantial introduction to the field.” (David O’Donnell, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol. 70, 2017)


“Australian scholar Yuji Sone … attempts a cultural study of robots in Japan, specifically “performing robots” as opposed to robots as servants or functional machines. He takes readers through the history of Japan’s relationship with robots  ...  cutting to the heart of specific examples of “Japanese” robot culture. His book is welcome and timely, not least because robots will undoubtedly figure into the ways that Tokyo promotes itself to the world during the 2020 Olympics.” (William Andrews, The Japan Times, February 11, 2017)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Japanese Robot and Performance

    Sone, Yuji

    Pages 1-36

  • Robotics and Representation

    Sone, Yuji

    Pages 37-60

  • Futuristic Spectacle: Robot Performances at Expos

    Sone, Yuji

    Pages 61-88

  • The Anthropomorphic Robot and Artistic Expression

    Sone, Yuji

    Pages 89-115

  • Robots, Space, and Place

    Sone, Yuji

    Pages 117-138

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52527-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $104.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53216-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Robot Culture
Book Subtitle
Performance, Imagination, and Modernity
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52527-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52527-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53216-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 265
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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