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Cochlear implants: Intersubjective and uncanny medical technologies

MacBride-Stewart, Sara J. ORCID: 2008. Cochlear implants: Intersubjective and uncanny medical technologies. Presented at: BSA Medical Society Annual Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 4-6 September 2008.

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Clarke et al (2005) argue that technoscientific innovations have produced a transformation in medicine producing ‘new bodies’ and ‘new ways of being’. This paper reviews the current academic research into adult and child cochlear implants; an area of rudimentary study into embodiment and lived experience. I assess how sociological research into cochlear implants engages with the body-world transformation of bodies and selves, and with the production of new hearing subjectivities that emerge from the manipulation of medical hearing. The context for this discussion is to rethink embodied (inter)subjectivity along the lines of the debate against cochlear implants and emerging work into the uncanny and disruptive nature of ‘medically restored hearing’ (Finlay & Molano-Fisher, 2007)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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