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dc.contributor.supervisor Mair, Kimberly
dc.contributor.author Wong, Nathan
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-30T00:42:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-30T00:42:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3753
dc.description.abstract In this study, I address the status of human relationships with the contemporary sex or love doll by situating these relationships at the intersection between communications technologies and subjectivity. Critical discourse analysis of testimonials, advertising, a sub forum from The Doll Forum website, and photographs challenged the two prevalent perspectives: the surrogacy thesis, which suggests that dolls operate as stand-ins for absent human partners, and the commodification of sex thesis, which cast love dolls as masturbatory devices and their users as sexually deviant. Drawing upon critical social theory, particularly Sherry Turkle’s (2011) concept of the robotic moment and a reconfiguration of Keith Basso’s (1996) notion of interanimacy, I argue that, rather than supplements or surrogates, sociable technologies and objects are participants in social interactions, communications, and relationships. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Sociology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject love doll en_US
dc.subject robotic moment en_US
dc.subject simulated relationships en_US
dc.title Social surrogates or posthuman lovers? : love dolls in the robotic moment en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0628 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0626 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0451 en_US
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dc.embargo No en_US


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