iMedia

The Gendering of Objects, Environments and Smart Materials

Authors: Kember, Sarah

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What can queer feminist writing strategies such as parody and irony do to outsmart the sexism of smart objects, environments and materials and open out the new dialecticism of structure and scale, critique and creativity?

Drawing on science and technology studies and feminist theory, this book examines the gendering of current and future media technologies such as smart phones, Google glass, robot nurses, tablets and face recognition. Kember argues that there is a tendency to affirm and celebrate the existence of smart and often sexist objects, environments and materials in themselves; to elide writing and other forms of mediation; and to engage in disembodied knowledge practices. Disembodied knowledge practices tend towards a scientism that currently includes physics envy and are also masculinist. Where there is some degree of convergence between masculinist and feminist thinking about objects, environments and materials, there is also divergence, conflict and the possible opening towards a politics of imedia.

Presenting a lively manifesto for refiguring imedia, this book forms an often neglected gender critique of developments in smart technologies and will be essential reading for scholars in Communication Studies, Cultural and Media, Science and Technology and Feminism.

About the authors

Sarah Kember is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Her recent publications include Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (2012). She is the Director of Goldsmiths Press and co-PI of an RCUK funded project on digital publishing (CREATe).

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Preface: A Tale of Smoke and Mirrors or Where is the i in iMedia?

    Kember, Sarah

    Pages 1-18

  • introduction: Objects, Environments and Materials

    Kember, Sarah

    Pages 19-31

  • iMedia Manifesto Part I: Remember Cinderella: Glass as a Fantasy Figure of Feminine and Feminized Labor

    Kember, Sarah

    Pages 32-45

  • Ubiquitous Women: Everywhere, Everyware and Everywear

    Kember, Sarah

    Pages 46-64

  • interlude 1: Excerpt from A Day in the Life of Janet Smart

    Kember, Sarah

    Pages 65-80

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
iMedia
Book Subtitle
The Gendering of Objects, Environments and Smart Materials
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37485-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137374851
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37484-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 122
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