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Title: Body
Authors: Turner, B.S. 
Keywords: Bio-economics
Post-human future
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Citation: Turner, B.S. (2006-03). Body. Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3) : 223-229. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Contemporary academic interest in the human body is a response to fundamental changes in the relationship between body, economy, technology and society. Scientific advances, particularly new reproductive technologies and therapeutic cloning techniques, have given the human body a problematic status. Ageing, disease and death no longer appear to be immutable facts about the human condition. The emergence of the body as a topic of research in the humanities and social sciences is also a response to the women's and gay liberation movements, and environmentalism, animal rights, anti-globalism, religious fundamentalism and conservative politics. Further, the human body is now central to economic growth in various biotechnology industries, in which disease itself has become a productive factor in the global economy and the body a code or system of information from which profits can be extracted through patents. In modern social theory, the body has been studied in the contexts of advertising and consumerism, in ethical debates about cloning, in research on HIV/AIDS, in postmodern reflections on cybernetics, cyberbodies and cyberpunk, and in the analysis of the global trade in human organs. The body is a central feature of contemporary politics, because its ambiguities, vulnerability and plasticity have been amplified by new genetic technologies. Copyright © 2006 Theory, Culture and Society.
Source Title: Theory, Culture and Society
ISSN: 02632764
DOI: 10.1080/13651820500539602
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