Sociology of the docile body

Sharon R. Bradley-Munn, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael

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Abstract

Embedded radio-frequency identification, sensor technologies, biomedical devices and a new breed of nanotechnologies are now being commercialized within a variety of contexts and use cases. As these technologies gather momentum in the marketplace, consumers will need to navigate the changing cybernetic landscape. The trichotomy facing consumers are: (1) to adopt RFID implants as a means of self-expression or to resolve a technological challenge; (2) to adopt RFID implants for diagnostic or prosthetic purposes to aid in restorative health; as well as considerations (3) for enforced adoption stemming from institutional or organizational top-down control that has no direct benefit to the end-user. This paper uses the penal metaphor to explore the potential negative impact of enforced microchipping. The paper concludes with a discussion on the importance of protecting human rights and freedoms and the right to opt-out of sub-dermal devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages38-43
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509024988
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016 - Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Duration: Oct 20 2016Oct 22 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings
Volume2016-December

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016
CountryIndia
CityTrivandrum, Kerala
Period10/20/1610/22/16

Keywords

  • constancy
  • freedom of choice
  • human rights
  • opt-out
  • panoptic presence
  • penal control
  • RFID implants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Bradley-Munn, S. R., Michael, K., & Michael, M. G. (2016). Sociology of the docile body. In 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016 (pp. 38-43). [7764047] (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings; Vol. 2016-December). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2016.7764047