Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies

Deborah Lupton

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Abstract

This chapter introduces the work of the influential American feminist techno-science studies writer Donna Haraway and shows how it may be used to theorise the new digital technologies used in the health and medical sphere. Haraway’s concept of the cyborg has particularly inspired cultural theorists who have written about the implications of technologies for human embodiment and subjectivity. She argues that all individuals in contemporary Western societies have become cyborgs (a term that melds ‘cybernetic’ and ‘organism’) in their interaction with technologies, blurring the distinction between human and machine. She further uses concept of the cyborg as a metaphor for political contestation and action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine
EditorsFran Collyer
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter36
Pages567-581
Number of pages15
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781137355614
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Lupton, D. (2015). Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies. In F. Collyer (Ed.), The Palgrave handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine (1 ed., pp. 567-581). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137355621_36
Lupton, Deborah. / Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies. The Palgrave handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. editor / Fran Collyer. 1. ed. United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp. 567-581
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Lupton, D 2015, Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies. in F Collyer (ed.), The Palgrave handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 567-581. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137355621_36

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Lupton D. Donna Haraway: the digital cyborg assemblage and the new digital health technologies. In Collyer F, editor, The Palgrave handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. 1 ed. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015. p. 567-581 https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137355621_36