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Studies in Childhood and Youth

The Internet of Toys

Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play

Editors: Mascheroni, Giovanna, Holloway, Donell (Eds.)

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  • Presents the first empirical evidence on the domestication of IoToys in children’s everyday lives
  • Provides methodological contributions that aim to address the challenges of connected play as an object of research, design and testing
  • Critically maps out the political economy of IoToys
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About this book

The Internet of Toys (IoToys) is a developing market within our Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. This book examines the rise of internet-connected toys and aims to anticipate the opportunities and risks of IoToys before their widespread diffusion. Contributors to this volume each provide a critical analysis of the design, production, regulation, representation and consumption of internet-connected toys.  In order to address the theoretical, methodological and policy questions that arise from the study of these new playthings, and contextualise the diverse opportunities and challenges that IoToys pose to educators, families and children themselves, the chapters engage with notions of mediatization, datafication, robotification, connected and post-digital play. This timely engagement with a key transformation in children’s play will appeal to all readers interested in understanding the social uses and consequences of IoToys, and primarily to researchers and students in children and media, early childhood studies, media and communications, sociology, education, social psychology, law and design.


About the authors

Giovanna Mascheroni is Senior Lecturer of Sociology of Communication, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy. 

Donell Holloway is Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Australia. 


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introducing the Internet of Toys

    Mascheroni, Giovanna (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Asking Today the Crucial Questions of Tomorrow: Social Robots and the Internet of Toys

    Peter, Jochen (et al.)

    Pages 25-46

  • The Uncanny Valley Revisited: Play with the Internet of Toys

    Marsh, Jackie

    Pages 47-65

  • Toying with the Singularity: AI, Automata and Imagination in Play with Robots and Virtual Pets

    Giddings, Seth

    Pages 67-87

  • Postdigitality in Children’s Crossmedia Play: A Case Study of Nintendo’s Amiibo Figurines

    Nansen, Bjorn (et al.)

    Pages 89-108

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10898-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10897-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Internet of Toys
Book Subtitle
Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play
Editors
  • Giovanna Mascheroni
  • Donell Holloway
Series Title
Studies in Childhood and Youth
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10898-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10898-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10897-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 366
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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