Digital Bodies

12 Pages Posted: 19 May 2015

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lupton, Deborah, Digital Bodies (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2606467

Deborah Lupton (Contact Author)

University of Canberra ( email )

University of Canberra
Bruce, ACT 2601
Australia
61261663437 (Phone)

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