Thesis ID: CBB918176692

Skin Surveillance Technologies and the Transformation of the Marked Body in History, Theory, and Practice: A Study of Free Skin's Reclamation and Exploration (2023)


This thesis examines historical and theoretical representations of bodily modifications while investigating the intricate relationship between the body and mind, technology, and freedom. This study contends that the body is not a passive object but rather an active site of resistance and transformation. The research specifically focuses on three key areas of inquiry: skin surveillance technologies (SSTs) utilized in the past to control and mark the body, present and future forms of skin surveillance such as biohacking, and the depiction of bodily modifications in science fiction that adhere to Cartesian Dualism. By critically examining the relationship between the body and mind and the notion of free skin through historical and theoretical contexts, this thesis contributes to the discourse on bodily autonomy and advocates for a reevaluation of societal conceptualizations and treatments of the body. Ultimately, this thesis aims to shed light on the complex relationship between corporeal agency and individual freedom, demonstrating that a holistic understanding of the body-mind complex is essential to achieving free skin and avoiding perpetuating systems of oppression and domination.

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Authors & Contributors
Bassiri, Nima
Benthien, Claudia
Brown, Candy Gunther
Delaporte, Françoise
Devauchelle, Bernard
Fournier, Emmanuel
Filosofia e História da Biologia
History and Anthropology
Science as Culture
Science in Context
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Brepols Publishers
Taylor & Francis
Cambridge University Press
Tulane University
Bloomsbury Academic
Columbia University Press
Human body
Mind and body
Human body and technology
Descartes, René
Cardano, Girolamo
Duchenne de Boulogne, Guillaume Benjamin
Ignatius of Loyola, Saint
Lee, Vernon (Violet Paget)
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
United States
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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