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Prosthetic Culture : International Library of Sociology (Paperback) - Celia Lury

Prosthetic Culture

International Library of Sociology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 4th December 1997
ISBN: 9780415102940
Number Of Pages: 260

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In a fascinating account of how technology is altering our postmodern 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 body parts are traded commodities, 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.

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Identity and Prosthetic Culturep. 1
The Experimental Individualp. 7
The Family of Manp. 41
Become What You Arep. 76
Remember Mep. 105
Seeing You, Seeing Me, Seeing Photographicallyp. 134
Movement and the Body of Photographyp. 156
Humans, Non-Humans and Heroesp. 184
The Ethics of Seeing Photographicallyp. 218
Bibliographyp. 228
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780415102940
ISBN-10: 0415102944
Series: International Library of Sociology (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 4th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.65  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1