Aesthetic pleasures and gendered tech-work in the 21st-century smart home

Strengers, Y and Nicholls, L 2018, 'Aesthetic pleasures and gendered tech-work in the 21st-century smart home', Media International Australia, vol. 166, no. 1, pp. 70-80.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Aesthetic pleasures and gendered tech-work in the 21st-century smart home
Author(s) Strengers, Y
Nicholls, L
Year 2018
Journal name Media International Australia
Volume number 166
Issue number 1
Start page 70
End page 80
Total pages 11
Publisher SAGE
Abstract This article analyses visions of everyday life embedded in the 21st-century smart home, specifically the promoted aspiration to generate escalated aesthetic pleasures or 'pleasance', attained through automated and connected devices. We explore the likely outcomes and effects of this vision, drawing on our international content analysis of magazine and online articles and semi-structured interview and tours with households who live in smart homes or use automated technologies. Like the industrial revolution of the home, which arguably created 'more work for mother' by increasing cleanliness expectations, we show how the smart home is generating new forms of household work and play. These include researching, upgrading, updating, maintaining and integrating smart home technologies and programming pleasance 'scenes' for lighting, security and entertainment. We find that most of this household labour (and leisure) is being performed by men, possibly leading to more work for father.
Subject Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Keyword(s) aesthetics
digital housekeeping
smart home
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