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dc.contributor.authorHaddow, Gill
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-18T13:42:25Z
dc.date.available2021-06-18T13:42:25Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/49619
dc.description.abstract"Using a range of social science methods and drawing on the sociology of the body, biomedicine and technology, Haddow invites readers of ‘Embodiment and everyday cyborgs’ to consider whether they might prefer organs from other humans or non-human animals (known as xenotransplantation), or implantable ‘cybernetic’ technologies to replace their own? In discovering that individuals have a very clear preference for human organs but not for the non-human, Haddow suggests that the inside of our bodies may be more important to our sense of identity than may have previously been thought. Whereas organs from other (once) living bodies can contaminate the body of the recipient (simultaneously altering subjectivity so they inherit traits e.g. gender), cybernetic technology is acclimatised to and becomes part of the body and subjectivity. In organ transplantation the organ has the potential to alter subjectivity – whereas with cybernetic technology it does not alter identity but is incorporated into existing subjectivity. Technologies are clean from previous organic fleshy associations and although they may malfunction or cause infection, they do not alter identity in the way that an organ might. Yet, we are arguably creating a 21st-century identity crisis through an increasing reliance on cybernetic technologies such as implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) creating new forms of ‘un-health’ and a new category of patient called ‘everyday cyborgs’ who have to develop strategies to incorporate device alienation as well as reinserting human agency over ICD activation. "en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
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dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::U Computing & information technology::UY Computer science::UYQ Artificial intelligenceen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDR Impact of science & technology on societyen_US
dc.subject.otherCyborgs; xenotransplantation; body modification; phenomenology; cartesian dualism; sociology of the body; biomedicine; cybernetic system; identity; organ transplantationen_US
dc.titleEmbodiment and everyday cyborgsen_US
dc.title.alternativeTechnologies that alter subjectivityen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy6110b9b4-ba84-42ad-a0d8-f8d877957cdden_US
oapen.relation.isFundedByd859fbd3-d884-4090-a0ec-baf821c9abfden_US
oapen.collectionWellcomeen_US
oapen.pages208en_US
oapen.place.publicationManchesteren_US
oapen.grant.number100561/Z/12/Z


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