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Cyborgs: Cyborgism, performance and society

Kreps, D 2003, Cyborgs: Cyborgism, performance and society , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    Cyborgism and performance are perhaps on the face of it two different subject areas, and the many other topics covered or touched upon in this thesis on the face of it quite distinct areas of study. This thesis is a synthesis of these otherwise distinct fields of thought. The main line of argument will focus around a discussion of performance and performativity, and how performance studies presents an understanding of identity and of culture that dovetails with sociological notions, in particular those which use the language of the stage, notably social interaction and actor-network theory. The nature of cyborgism will become apparent through this discussion, particularly in discussion of the cultural phenomenon of the cyborg in fiction and in film. One of the primary concerns raised by this discussion and by the characteristics of the modern cyborg, however, will be the history, nature, and development of Modernism itself, from mediaeval times up to the present, and which will identify the Cyborg as its ultimate product. The philosophical thrust of the thesis will be to highlight the problems inherent in the Modernist, scientific materialist approach to understanding the world, and contrast it with a counter-history of philosophical approaches both vitalist and holistic, thereby casting the Cyborg as a warning and a threat.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 11:57
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26763

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