Manufacturing biocitizens: The quantification of bodies as a method for incorporating a new ethics

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The quantification of bodies serves an ambivalent purpose. On the one hand, it includes individuals in a new biopolitical norm, making them co-producers of the new biomedicine’s arrangements; on the other, it urges them to explore the deepest natural norms, making them protagonists in the production of what Donna Haraway (2003) called naturecultures. By recording, monitoring, and supplying large amounts of biometric data, individuals willl gradually be included in the process of incorporating a new ethos, characterized by locating them in a new level of citizenship in which the techniques of the self are overlapped by the technologies of corporeality. The purpose of this article is to reflect on the paths of social and individual transformations that have in the quantification of bodies its fundamental extracting method of the raw materials used to build an imagined future in which individuals are fully enlightened and informed and systems are fully efficient.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantifying bodies and health
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary approaches
EditorsJoaquim Braga, Simone Guidi
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherInstituto de Estudos Filosóficos
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-54328-7-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe quantification of bodies. : Organism, health and representation; from Renaissance to Big Data - University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 28 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

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ConferenceThe quantification of bodies.
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  • Body quantification
  • Biomedicalization
  • Biocitizenship
  • Biocommunicability
  • Biopolitics


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