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Title Critical posthumanism : planetary futures / Debashish Banerji, Makarand R. Paranjape, editors
Published India : Springer, 2016
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Contents Editors and Contributors; 1 The Critical Turn in Posthumanism and Postcolonial Interventions; References; Critical Theory: The Posthuman Turn; 2 Posthuman Critical Theory; Introduction; Critical Genealogies of the Posthuman; Neo-Materialist Monistic Ontology; For Critical Posthuman Thought; Conclusion; References; 3 The Overhuman; √úbermensch as 'Type': Stating the Problematic; Human as Hypertext/Hieroglyph of the Overhuman; Pharaonic Thought and Hieroglyphic Transduction; References; 4 Nietzsche's Snowden: Tightrope Walking the Posthuman Dispositif; The Posthuman Dispositif; Sec2
Fictional Imagination and the Posthuman World: Linda Nagata's The Bohr MakerConclusion; References; 8 Two Senses of the Post in Posthumanism; The Monster (Re) Appears; The Colonized and the Cyborg; Humanism and Colonialism; Said's Legacy: Paul Gilroy; Conclusion; References; 9 Information-Power: Teletechnology and the Ethics of Human-Animal Difference; Introduction; What Is Information-Power?; Thinking Through Dead-Bodies; In Conclusion; References; 10 Durga, Supermom, and the Posthuman Mother India; Maternal-Posthuman Intersections; Surrogacy: Non/Being a Posthuman Mother
Surgery: Be(com)ing a Posthuman Yummy MummySupermom: Performing Transhuman Motherhood; Momblogging: Writing Mothering; Posthuman Mothers and the Tyranny of the Clock; References; 11 The Paradox of Surrogacy in India; Surrogacy in India; Research Methods; Indian State: Anti-Natalism to Assisted Reproduction?; Surrogacy and a Global Racial Reproductive Hierarchy; The Future of This Paradoxical Industry; References; Reconstructions; 12 P2P and Planetary Futures; Introduction; Towards an Integrative Theory of P2P Alter-Globalization; Reform Liberalism; Post- or Alternative Development
The Ban-opticonData Made Flesh; Tightrope Walking the Posthuman Dispositif; Zoe: Bare Life or the Power of Life?; Ethical Networks; Transindividual Resistance; References; 5 Exits to the Posthuman Future: Dreaming with Drones; After the Drones; When the Drones Came to Town; Bodies that Don't Matter; When the Sun Rises on a Planet of the Dead and Dying; Drone Flesh; Art as a Counter-Gradient to Drone Warfare; #NotABugSplat; Weapons of Invisibility; Night Sky Epilogue; References; 6 'Synthetik Love Lasts Forever': Sex Dolls and the (Post?)Human Condition; Introduction
The Rise of the Realistic Sex DollReasons for Use; Fantasy and Realism: The Touchable Myth; The Sex Doll and the World; Commodity Fetishism; Fear of Female Sexuality; Liquid Love and Loneliness; The Sex Doll in the World; Origins of Taboo: The Loneliness of Davecat; The Sex Doll and the Posthuman; The Times They Are A-Changin'; In Conclusion; References; Subalternity and Posthumanism; 7 Posthumanism: Through the Postcolonial Lens; Introduction; Posthumanism and Transhumanism: Fusion and Fissure; Posthumanism and Postcolonialism: Rapture/Rupture; Popular Posthumanism and the 'Human' Subaltern
Summary This volume is a critical exploration of multiple posthuman possibilities in the 21st century and beyond. Due to the global engagement with advanced technology, we are witness to a species-wise blurring of boundaries at the edge of the human. On the one hand, we find ourselves in a digital age in which human identity is being transformed through networked technological intervention, a large part of our consciousness transferred to "smart" external devices. On the other hand, we are assisted--or assailed--by an unprecedented proliferation of quasi-human substitutes and surrogates, forming a spectrum of humanoids with fuzzy borders. Under these conditions, critical posthumanism asks, who will occupy and control our planet: Will the "superhuman" merely serve as another sign under which new regimes of dominance are spread across the earth? Or can we discover or invent technologies of existence to counter such dominance? It is issues such as these which are at the heart of this new volume of explorations of the posthuman. The essays in this volume offer leading-edge thought on the subject, with special emphases on postmodern and postcolonial futures. They engage with questions of subalternity and feminism vis-à-vis posthumanism, dealing with issues of subjugation, dispensability and surrogacy, as well as the possibilities of resistance, ethical politics or subjective transformation from South Asian archives of cultural and spiritual practice. This volume is a valuable addition to the on-going global dialogues on posthumanism, indispensable to those, from across several disciplines, who are interested in postcolonial and planetary futures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 14, 2016)
Subject Philosophical anthropology.
Form Electronic book
Author Banerji, Debashish, editor
Paranjape, Makarand R., 1960- editor
ISBN 8132236378 (electronic bk.)
9788132236375 (electronic bk.)