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Masculinity and Autonomous Vehicles

A Degendered or Resegregated Future System of Automobility?

Dag Balkmar and Ulf Mellström

particular and of motor vehicles more generally has historically been related to masculinity through associations with wild, untamable animals (i.e., anthropomorphization), as well as through the car’s associations with power, speed, driving pleasure, and

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Robyn Eckersley and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Modern environmentalism, whose genesis tracks mainly from the 1960s and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), has forced the anthropocentric emphasis of democracy to account. Nonhuman actors like trees, ecological systems, and the climate have increasingly become anthropomorphized by humans representing these actors in politics. Aside from challenges to the anthropocentric concepts of citizenship, political representation, agency, and boundaries in democratic theory, environmentalism has warned of apocalyptic crises. This drives a different kind of challenge to mainly liberal democracies. Scientists and activists are becoming increasingly fed up with the seeming incompetence, slowness, and idiocy of politicians, interest groups, and electors. Eyes start to wander to that clean, well-kempt, and fast-acting gentleman called authoritarianism. The perfect shallowness of his appearance mesmerizes like a medusa those that would usually avoid him. Serfdom increasingly looks like a palpable trade-off to keep the “green” apocalypses at bay. Democracy’s only answer to this challenge is to evolve into a cleverer version of itself.

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Alexa, Affect, and the Algorithmic Imaginary

Addressing Privacy and Security Concerns Through Emotional Advertising

Linda Kopitz

analysis of user reviews of the Amazon Echo, Purington and colleagues come to the conclusion that “embodied conversational agents may become anthropomorphized when they are integrated into multi-member more than in single-person households” ( Purington et

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Kudzai Matereke

characters. Both Mavhunga and Jedlowski defy academic conventions. The former takes the unusual risk of being a storyteller of an anthropomorphized being, an insect, which is assigned historical agency. The latter describes a story in which the cargo

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

more social environment. The vehicles might still be anthropomorphized, only this would occur beyond specific interpellative regimes based on masculinity, speed, risk taking, and calculation. Nevertheless, this process is unlikely to take the form of

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F*ck the Police!

Antiblack statecraft, the myth of cops’ fragility, and the fierce urgency of an insurgent anthropology of policing

Jaime A. Alves

conception of sovereign power ( Martin 2020 ). 7 Nor is there space for theorizing the multiple ways in which the state comes into being as a mundane practice of domination anthropomorphized and performed by many political agents ( Kurtz 2006 ; Vianna and

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“Rights of Things”

A Posthumanist Approach to Law?

Doris Schweitzer

toward human beings. What is happening here is an alignment with human subject categories, an anthropomorphizing of some animals in order to establish protective rights for them. It even confirms the binary distinction human/animal ( Braidotti 2006: 107

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Jane Stadler

original programming and even influences creative decisions and casting ( Hallinan and Striphas 2014, 12–13 ). In The Good Place , Janet (D'Arcy Carden) is the embodiment of an anthropomorphized AI that Chidi refers to as a “walking database,” an

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Miles away from Screwing?

Queer Gothic Girlhood in John Harding's Florence and Giles

Robyn Ollett

's narrative describes “the bad thing [as] a rook in a snowdrift” (2010: 99). With crude use of light and dark to suggest innocence and corruption, Harding deploys a child-like leitmotif of anthropomorphized emotional ethics and uses this to signal their

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Diverse Driving Emotions

Exploring Chinese Migrants’ Mobilities in a Car-Dependent City

Sophie-May Kerr, Natascha Klocker, and Gordon Waitt

by the habit of using public transport. In exploring the humanity of the car, Sheller and John Urry 88 suggested that cars are anthropomorphized when people name them. In order to prompt participants to think further about their connections with