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Real Humans?: Affective imaginaries of the human and its Others in the Swedish TV series Äkta människor

Authors:

Ingvil Hellstrand ,

Centre for Gender Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, NO
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Aino-Kaisa Koistinen,

Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, FI
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Sara Orning

Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo, Oslo, NO
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Abstract

According to the Swedish science fiction TV series Äkta människor (Real Humans, SVT and Matador film 2012-2014), humanoid robots called “hubots” are replacing the human workforce in care work and assembly line industries. Against the backdrop of current debates about immigration and citizenship in the Nordic countries, this article does a close, contextual reading of the series, exploring how the hubots influence work and family life. We are particularly interested in how hubots tie in with the cultural circulation of affect in relation to Otherness and how responses towards the “not-quite” human or dehumanized Other are negotiated in present-day Nordic cultural imaginaries. What kinds of affects are at stake in how Äkta människor takes up and interacts with debates about immigrant workers and the “not-quite” human? To answer these questions, the article develops the notion of “affective imaginaries” as an analytical tool for understanding the exchange between popular culture and political debate.
How to Cite: Hellstrand, I., Koistinen, A.-K. and Orning, S., 2019. Real Humans?: Affective imaginaries of the human and its Others in the Swedish TV series Äkta människor. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 9(4), pp.515–532. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0028
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Published on 01 Dec 2019.
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