Somatechnics highlights the reciprocal bond between the sÃ´ma and the techné of 'the body' and the techniques in which bodies are formed and transformed as crafted responses to the world around us. Structured around the themes of the governance of social bodies, the gendering of sexed bodies and the techniques associated with the formation of the self, Somatechnics presents a groundbreaking study of body modification. Its contributions to the work of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, Deluze and Guattari make it a must read for scholars of sociology, cultural and queer studies and philosophy.
Nikki Sullivan is Associate Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies and Director of the Somatechnics Research Centre at Macquarie University, Australia. Samantha Murray is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Somatechnics Research Centre and the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.
'The emergence of somatechnics as an exciting new area of study will be celebrated by all those who deploy postconventional theory in the analysis of embodiment. This is a collection rich in provocative and productive ideas brought into conversation by a stellar cast of established and upcoming contributors. It fully illustrates the queer potential of transdisciplinarity.' Margrit Shildrick, Queen's University Belfast, UK 'This thought-provoking volume will leave any reader pondering their own embodied being in the world.' Critical Race and Whiteness Studies