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An Anthropology of Futures and Technologies

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ISBN 9781350144910
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines emerging automated technologies and systems and the increasingly prominent roles that each plays in our lives and our imagined futures. It asks how technological futures are being constituted and the roles anthropologists can play in their making; how anthropologists engage with emerging technologies within their fieldwork contexts in research which seeks to influence future design; how to create critical and interventional approaches to technology design and innovation; and how a critical anthropology of the way that emerging technologies are experienced in everyday life circumstances offers new insights for future making practices. In pursuing these questions, this book respond to a call for new anthropologies that respond to the current and emerging technological environments in which we live, environments for which thinking critically about the possible, plausible, and impossible futures are no longer sufficient. Taking the next step, this book asserts that anthropology must now propose alternative ways, rooted in ethnography, to approach and engage with what is coming and to contest dominant narratives of industry, policy and government, and to respond to our contemporary context through a public, vocal and interventional approach.

Table of Contents


Karen Waltorp et al.

1. Complicating Futures

Debora Lanzeni and Sarah Pink

2. Modelling the Future?  

Simone Abram and Antti Silvast

3. Innovation routes  

Roxana Moroșanu Firth & Nathan Crilly

4. Digital Anticipation  

Sarah Pink, Laura Kelly and Harry Ferguson

5. Algorithmic futures and the unsettled sense of care  

Minna Ruckenstein and Sonja Trifuljesko

6. Organising artificial intelligence and representing work  

Bastian Jørgensen, Christopher Gad and Brit Ross Winthereik

7. Making sense of sensors  

Ajda Pretnar and Dan Podjed

8. Drones as a gendered matter of concern  

Karen Waltorp and Maja Hojer Bruun

9. Future Mobility Solutions?  

Sarah Pink et al.

10. Sensor technologies and the surrealist impulse 

Elizabeth de Freitas, Maggie MacLure and David Rousell


Janet Roitman

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Débora Lanzeni is Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia.

Karen Waltorp is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Sarah Pink is Professor at Monash University, Australia.

Rachel C. Smith is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.