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Spring 5-9-2018

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Elleni Zeleke


In this thesis I employ Greg Egan’s Science Fiction novel Permutation City in order to help make sense of how the “data double” from surveillance studies relates to the flesh from which it was captured. In this effort, I turn to N. Katherine Hayles and Donna Haraway to think about the flesh and the “data double” through the language of the human and the posthuman, language and code, print text and digital text. I argue that rather than terrified paralysis over the prospect of digital primacy, scholars in surveillance studies ought to mobilize that terror to generate space for deliberation.

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Egan, Greg -- 1961- ‚ Hayles, Katherine -- 1943- ‚ Haraway, Donna Jeanne‚ Electronic surveillance‚ Databases -- Data double‚ Biometry -- Research‚ Biometric identification‚ Data mining -- Effect of human beings on‚ Human body -- Posthumanism‚ Social sciences‚ Whitman College 2018 -- Dissertation collection -- Politics Department

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