Somatechnics highlights the reciprocal bond between the sôma and the techné of 'the body' and the techniques in which bodies are formed and transformed as crafted responses to the world around us. Structured around the themes of the governance of social bodies, the gendering of sexed bodies and the techniques associated with the formation of the self, Somatechnics presents a groundbreaking study of body modification. Its contributions to the work of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Deluze and Guattari make it a must read for scholars of sociology, cultural and queer studies and philosophy.
About the Author
Nikki Sullivan is Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies and Director of the Somatechnics Research Centre at Macquarie University, Australia. Samantha Murray is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Somatechnics Research Centre and the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.
Table of Contents
Contents: Series Editors' Preface: Originary somatechnicity; Introduction, Nikki Sullivan and Samantha Murray; Section 1 The Somatechnics of the Social Body: Diseased states: the role of pathology in the (re)production of the body politic, Jessica Cadwallader; Bodies politic? Public sculptures and the queering of national space in London's Trafalgar Square, Rosemary Betterton; Kings member, queen's body: transsexual surgery, self-demand amputation, and the somatechnics of sovereign power, Susan Stryker and Nikki Sullivan; Asian sex workers in Australia: somatechnologies of trafficking and queer mobilities, Audrey Yue. Section 2 Somatechnologies of Sex/Gender: Queering Spinoza's somatechnics: stem cells, strategic sacralisations and fantasies of care and kind, Robin Mackenzie; Sexing the cherry: fixing masculinity, Marie Fox and Michael Thomson; Speaking transsexuality in the cinematic tongue, Eliza Steinbock; 'Banded bodies': the somatechnics of gastric banding, Samantha Murray. Section 3 Somatechnics of the Self: Queer monsters: technologies of self-transformation in Bulwer's Anthropometamorphosis and Braidotti's Metamorphoses, Elizabeth Stephens; A somatechnological paradigm: how do you make yourself a body without organs?, Matt Lodder; Between the foot and the floor, dancing with Nietzsche and Klossoswki, Philipa Rothfield; Queer substances and normative substantiations: of drugs, dogs, and other piggy practices, Kane Race; Index.