Cyborg Citizen

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The growing synergy of humans and technology—from dialysis to genetically altered foods to PET scans—is transforming how we view our minds and our bodies. But how has it changed the body politic? How can we forge a society that protects the rights of human and cyborg alike?

The creator of the cult classic Cyborg Handbook, Chris Hables Gray, now offers the first guide to "posthuman" politics, framing the key issues that could threaten or brighten our technological future. For good or ill, politics has already been cyborged in ways that touch us all: On-line voting promises to change who participates. Wars are won on video screens. Biotechnological advances— cloning, sexual prostheses, gene patents—are redefining life, death, and family in ways that strain the social contract. In the face of these advances, visions of the cyborg future range from the utopian to the nightmarish, from a spiritual super-race transcending the body's confines to a soulless Borg consuming human individuality.

Only with a broad, historically rich and ethically grounded understanding of these issues, Gray argues, can we combat the threats to our freedom and even our survival. A work of vision and imagination, Cyborg Citizen lays the groundwork for the participatory evolution of our society.

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Editorial Reviews

...Cyborg Citizen is a ripping good yarn-just the thing for Dr. Moreau's waiting room.
Andrei Yuri Lubomudrov
...insightful and well formulated.
Willamette Week
Reviewer's Bookwatch
An intriguing social survey perfect for discussion groups.
The growing synergy between humans and technology is changing how people view their minds and bodies, says cyberculture specialist and social activist Gray (cultural studies of science and technology, U. of Great Falls, Montana), but he investigates how it has changed the body politic. He explores how to forge a society that protects the rights of human and cyborg alike. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
The growing blend of humans and technology, from PET scans to genetic food entering the body, is changing concepts of the mind/body connection and has fostered a new era of 'cyborg' blends. Cyborg Citizen offers the first guide to 'posthuman politics', examining the key issues which blend political rights issues with technological advancement. An intriguing social survey perfect for discussion groups.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415919784
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Texts. Slouching Toward the Posthuman-Does Participatory Evolution Require Participatory Government? Post Modern Politics. 1 The Cyborg Body Politic. 2 Citizenship in the Age of Electronic Production. 3 Cybocracy, Mobocracy, and Democracy. 4 Cyborg Warriors. Promulgating Cyborgs. 5 Infomedicine and the New Body. 6 Cybernetic Human Reproduction. 7 Enabled Cyborgs, Living and Dead. 8 The Hopeful Monsters of Genetic Engineering. Cyborg Society. 9 Prosthetic Territories: Cybercolonizations. 10 Cyborg Families. 11 Sex Machines, Human Beings, In-betweens. 12 Taylored Lives: Microserfs and Superheroes in the Age of Semiintelligent Machines. Cyberology. 13 Sciences of the Third Millenium. 14 Posthuman Possibilities.

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