Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion

Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion

by Leopoldina Fortunati
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805844813

ISBN-13: 9780805844818

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The ever-increasing integration of technology and the human body is attracting attention from religious, business, and political leaders around the world, and the topic promises to be a significant social issue in the 21st century. In Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion, editors Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, and

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The ever-increasing integration of technology and the human body is attracting attention from religious, business, and political leaders around the world, and the topic promises to be a significant social issue in the 21st century. In Mediating the Human Body: Technology, Communication, and Fashion, editors Leopoldina Fortunati, James E. Katz, and Raimonda Riccini bring together a thoughtful group of leading international scholars and analysts to explore the effects of new technologies on human beings. They focus specifically on the intersection of new communication technologies and the body, and offer novel insights based on recent theoretical progress and current research on new interpersonal technology.

Through literary analysis, historical comparisons, analytical reports, and speculative interpretations, the contributors to this volume seek to understand the experience of the body as it is mediated among competing forces and intellectual domains. Arising from The Human Body Between Technologies, Communication and Fashion symposium held in Milan, Italy, contributions cover a wide array of topics and offer varied perspectives on how communication technologies are assimilated into people's lives, bodies, and homes, and thus become part of individuals'self-images and social relationships. From this multidisciplinary, multi-national base, the volume illuminates the sense and dimension of this interpenetration between body and technology. In its broad scope, the topics range from the wellsprings of consciousness to the use of technology as a fashion statement.

Bringing together scholarship from a variety of disciplines, including communication, medicine, technology, and human-computer interaction, this distinctive anthology will provide new insights to scholars and advanced students exploring body-technology intersections and the attendant implications. Mediating the Human Body offers a unique contribution to future discussions, and will be relevant to continuing study and research in communication and technology, human-computer interaction, gender studies, social psychology, and design.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805844818
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
List of Contributors
1Introduction1
Pt. IThe Body Between Science, Technology, and Art
2The Body: Artificialization and Transparency15
3Body and Technology: Continuity or Discontinuity?23
4Bodies and Robots31
5Sade Triumphant: The Body in Contemporary Art39
6The Narrated Body: The Representation of Corporeality in Contemporary Literature51
7Real People, Artificial Bodies61
Pt. IIThe Body Communicating Between Technology, Fashion, and Identity
8Cross-Cultural Comparisons of ICTs75
9Mobile Phone Tribes: Youth and Social Identity87
10Fashion and Vulgarity in the Adoption of the Mobile Telephone Among Teens in Norway93
11Extension of the Hand: Children and Teenagers' Relationship with the Mobile Phone in Finland103
12Women's Identities and Everyday Technologies113
13Body to Body: Copresence in Communication123
14The Next Frontier of Technology: Awaiting UMTS133
15Slaves and Free People in the Gaily Colored Empire139
16Inside the Surface: Technology in Modern Textiles147
17Fashion, Media, and Cultural Anxiety: Visual Representations of Childhood155
18Wearing Communication: Home, Travel, Space163
19The Equipped Body: Wearable Computers and Intelligent Fabrics169
Pt. IVThe Body and Technologies for Health and Well-Being
20Artificial Sensory Perception: Vicarious Technologies for Synesthesia177
21Health Care Technologies: The Contribution of Industrial Design187
22The Third Skin: Wearing the Car, Ignoring Safety195
23Conditions of Microgravity and the Body's "Second Skin"201
24The Technologies of Body Visualization209
25Conclusion: Bodies Mediating the Future215
Author Index221
Subject Index227

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