We have three special issues to conclude our highlighting of new articles in June! Here they are:
- Surveillance and Embodiment: Dispositifs of Capture, in Body & Society
- Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy, in Medical Humanities
- Childbirth and Reproduction, in Sociology of Health & Illness
And, if you’re looking for more to read, the first part of this month’s roundup is here.
Surveillance and Embodiment: Dispositifs of Capture
Martin French, Gavin JD Smith
This article provides an introduction to a special issue of Body & Society that explores the surveillance-embodiment nexus. It accentuates both the prevalence and consequence of bodies being increasingly converted into ‘objects of information’ by surveillance technologies and systems. We begin by regarding the normalcy of body monitoring in contemporary life, illustrating how a plurality of biometric scanners operate to intermediate the physical surfaces and subjective depths of bodies in accordance with various concerns. We focus on everyday experiences of bodily intermediation by surveillant dispositifs, and consider the broader political, epistemological, and ontological significance of these processes. We then point to the substantive intersections and divergences existing between body and surveillance studies. We conclude with an overview of the five articles appearing in this special issue. We describe how each contribution creates a template for imagining what a body is, and what a body might become, in a culture defined by proliferating data sharing behaviours, systems of codification, and practices of intermediation.
In this article I consider how our experiences of bodily privacy are changing in the contemporary surveillance society.
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