Digital Bodies

12 Pages Posted: 19 May 2015

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Deborah Lupton

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: May 15, 2015


In this chapter I examine the ways in which human bodies interact with and are configured by digital technologies and how these technologies generate new knowledges and practices in relation to bodies. I use infants and young children as a case study to explain these aspects. From before they are even born, children’s bodies are now frequently represented and monitored by digital technologies, including medical imaging and monitoring devices as well as social media sites, surveillance and self-tracking technologies. In my discussion I draw on literature from sociocultural theorising of the body, childhood, digital technologies and big data, particularly that by scholars adopting the sociomaterial perspective. The chapter is divided into two main parts. The first presents a general overview of theoretical approaches to conceptualising the interactions between bodies and technologies, while the second part is devoted to outlining the ways in which infants’ and young children’s bodies are digitised.

Keywords: digital bodies, digital data, sociomaterial perspectives, infants, children, digital sociology

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Lupton, Deborah, Digital Bodies (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

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University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )


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