Prosthetic Culture: Photography, Memory and Identity

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Overview

In a fascinating account of how technology is altering our consciousness, Celia Lury shows how the manipulation of photographic images and ways of seeing can so redefine the relation between consciousness, the body and memory as to create a 'prosthetic culture' whose capacities both extend and threaten our humanity.
We live in a society in which some memories can be falsely implanted in the individual while others are stored in video archives of images, in which the powers of cartoon superheroes break through the limitations of time and space. Using the examples of photo-therapy, family albums, Benetton advertising campaigns, the phenomenon of false memory syndrome and the 'lives' of cartoon characters this book argues that the 'eyes' made available by contemporary visual technologies involve not simply specific ways of seeing, but also ways of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415102940
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: International Library of Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
1 Identity and prosthetic culture 1
2 The experimental individual 7
3 The family of man 41
4 Become what you are 76
5 Remember me 105
6 Seeing you, seeing me, seeing photographically 134
7 Movement and the body of photography 156
8 Humans, non-humans and heroes 184
9 The ethics of seeing photographically 218
Bibliography 228
Index 239
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