Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment

Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment

Paperback Theory, Culture & Society (Paperback)

Edited by Mike Featherstone, Edited by Roger Burrows

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 18mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 3 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0761950850
  • ISBN 13: 9780761950851
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,142,646

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How can we interpret cyberspace? What is the place of the embodied human agent in the virtual world? This innovative collection examines the emerging arena of cyberspace and the challenges it presents for the social and cultural forms of the human body. It shows how changing relations between body and technology offer new arenas for cultural representations. At the same time, the contributors examine the realities of human embodiment and the limits of virtual worlds. Topics examined include: technological body modifications, replacements and prosthetics; bodies in cyberspace, virtual environments and cyborg culture; cultural representations of technological embodiment in visual and literary productions; and cyberpunk science fiction as a pre-figurative social and cultural theory. Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/ Cyberpunk was simultaneously published as Volume 1 Issue 3/4 of Body & Society.

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Mike Featherstone is Professor of Communications and Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA : Zygmunt Bauman University of Leeds Henning Bech University of Copenhagen Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim Universtiy of Erlangen Mary Evans University of Kent at Canterbury David Frisby University of Glasgow Mike Hepworth University of Aberdeen Eva Illouz Tel-Aviv University Maria Esther Maciel Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Michael Richardson SOAS, University of London Laura Rival University of Kent at Canterbury Andrew Travers Somerset Jeffrey Weeks South Bank University Sasha Weitman Tel-Aviv University Sam Whimster London Guildhall University Elizabeth Wilson University of North London Cas Wouters University of Utrecht

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'[The] introduction gives a clear digest of the field and its problematics... Among contributors are the stars of the digital academy - Sadie Plant, Michael Heim, Mark Poster, Kevin Robins, Vivian Sobchack and Anne Balsamo... much of the content is new and alert to the growing literature in the field... among the better contributions to the publishing boom of the last two years... very useful in undergraduate teaching' - Sociology

Table of contents

Cultures of Technological Embodiment - Mike Featherstone and Roger Burrows An Introduction Feedback and Cybernetics - David Tomas Reimaging the Body in the Age of Cybernetics The Future Looms - Sadie Plant Weaving Women and Cybernetics The Design of Virtual Reality - Michael Heim Postmodern Virtualities - Mark Poster The Embodied Computer/User - Deborah Lupton Rear-View Mirrorshades - Nigel Clark The Recursive Generation of the Cyberbody Cyberspace and the World We Live in - Kevin Robbins Descartes Goes to Hollywood - Samantha Holland Mind, Body and Gender in Contemporary Cyborg Cinema Prosthetic Memory - Alison Landsberg Total Recall and Blade Runner Meat (or How to Kill Oedipus in Cyberspace) - Nick Land Beating the Meat/Surviving the Text, or How to Get Out of This Century Alive - Vivian Sobchack Forms of Technological Embodiment - Anne Balsamo Reading the Body in Contemporary Culture Cyber(body)parts - Robert Rawdon Wilson Prosthetic Consciousness Corpses, Animals, Machines and Mannequins - Kevin McCarron The Body and Cyberpunk