Promise or precarity?: South African attitudes towards the automation revolution

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dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T12:22:24Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T12:22:24Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16579
dc.description.abstract Rapid technological advancement has prompted growing debate about the promise and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for societies. Some believe it will improve efficiency, productivity and quality of life, while others emphasise the risk of job loss, inequality and social exclusion. Despite the salience of these changes for human development, public opinion research on these issues remains limited in South Africa. Using data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), we examine the extent and determinants of the public's acceptance of robots and automation. The findings suggest that aversion to such technological change remains fairly high, and is informed by age, class, perceived labour market vulnerability, scientific knowledge, and confidence in government to manage adverse human consequences. The article concludes by arguing that national 4IR policy framework needs to consider the reservations expressed by many South Africans, and develop measures to protect the dignity and well-being of citizens across the life course. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR) en
dc.subject INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS) en
dc.title Promise or precarity?: South African attitudes towards the automation revolution en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TSACAA en
dc.Volume September en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Developmental, Capable and Ethical State en
dc.ResearchGroup Impact Centre en
dc.SourceTitle Development Southern Africa en
dc.ArchiveNumber 12154 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 11306 en
dc.bibliographictitle Roberts, B.J., Gordon, S.L., Struwig, J., Bohler-Muller, N. & Gastrow, M. (2021) Promise or precarity?: South African attitudes towards the automation revolution. Development Southern Africa. September:Online. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16579 en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Roberts, B.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Gordon, S.L. en
dc.contributor.author3 Struwig, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.contributor.author5 Gastrow, M. en


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