Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk : Cultures of Technological Embodiment

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 458.13g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 0761950850
  • 9780761950851
  • 1,186,638

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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' - Sociologyshow more

Table of contents

Cultures of Technological Embodiment - Mike Featherstone and Roger Burrows An IntroductionFeedback and Cybernetics - David Tomas Reimaging the Body in the Age of CyberneticsThe Future Looms - Sadie Plant Weaving Women and CyberneticsThe Design of Virtual Reality - Michael HeimPostmodern Virtualities - Mark PosterThe Embodied Computer/User - Deborah LuptonRear-View Mirrorshades - Nigel Clark The Recursive Generation of the CyberbodyCyberspace and the World We Live in - Kevin RobbinsDescartes Goes to Hollywood - Samantha Holland Mind, Body and Gender in Contemporary Cyborg CinemaProsthetic Memory - Alison Landsberg Total Recall and Blade RunnerMeat (or How to Kill Oedipus in Cyberspace) - Nick LandBeating the Meat/Surviving the Text, or How to Get Out of This Century Alive - Vivian SobchackForms of Technological Embodiment - Anne Balsamo Reading the Body in Contemporary CultureCyber(body)parts - Robert Rawdon Wilson Prosthetic ConsciousnessCorpses, Animals, Machines and Mannequins - Kevin McCarron The Body and Cyberpunkshow more

About Mike Featherstone

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 Utrechtshow more

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