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The New Boundaries Between Bodies and Technologies
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The new boundaries between bodies and technologies constitute one of the most important developments in the last fifty years. Through technologies we not only change the relations between a natural given, the body, and a human-made artefact -- the technology but also change the ways we experience the world. How close are we to a world in which the abilities of machines are indistinguishable from those of the species that invented them? Our encounters with the new technologies change the cognitive processes and influences the modes of processing information. Moreover, it raises the question of the nature of human beings. Traversing body as emotive- being- in- the world and body as location culturally and socially constructed, there is a third dimension: the dimension of technological. Are we able to use these new dimension as a creative interface between the emotional brain, the acting body, and ICTS? In answering these questions, the book explores the action of bodies in technology, that is, how the sense of our bodies and of our orientation in the world are affected by information and communication technologies.

It contributes therefore to the world-wide discussion and debates on the impact of technology, especially information technology, on the lives of human beings in the age of globalization, in particular to the present thinking of the relationship between technology and embodiment.

Bianca Maria Pirani is Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes at the Faculty of Sociology of University of Roma "La Sapienza" and President of the Working Group 3 "The Body in the Social Sciences" of International Sociological Association. She is also Member of the Editorial Board of SSIS [ISA Sage Studies in International Sociology]. She has published widely on the ever increasing insights into the relations between human bodies and technologies by analyzing, within the mind/body debate, the action-space as composed and re-composed by individuals and collectivities. Her works in English language include the CS monograph issue Bodily Order. Mind, Emotion and Social Memory (edited by Bianca Maria Pirani & Ivan Varga, Vol.53, n. 2, monograph 1, March 2005)" Ivan Varga is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada and Honorary President of Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) of International Association. He is also member of the Editorial Board of International Sociology.

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