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From Ancestors to Avatars


Part of New Departures in Anthropology

  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108798976

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  • Transhumanists argue that science and technology will enable us to overcome our biological limitations, both mental and physical, and create a radically enhanced posthuman species and society. In this book, Jenny Huberman examines the values and visions animating the Transhumanist Movement in the United States today, whilst at the same time using the study of transhumanism as a way to introduce a new generation of students to the discipline of cultural anthropology. She explores transhumanist conceptions of revitalization, immortality, the good life, the self, the body, kinship and economy, and compares them to the belief systems of human beings living in other times and places. Providing lively ethnographic insights into a fascinating contemporary socio-cultural movement, this book will be invaluable to students and researchers in anthropology, as well as anyone interested in the phenomenon of transhumanism.

    • Introduces readers to the topic of transhumanism while at the same time introducing them to the discipline of cultural anthropology
    • Provides a fuller understanding of the transhumanist world-view and the transhumanist technological imagination
    • Approaches the study of transhumanism from a comparative perspective and foregrounds the value of the comparative perspective as a central mode of anthropological inquiry
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108798976
    • length: 275 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Thinking though transhumanism
    1. Is transhumanism a revitalization movement?
    2. Ancestors and avatars: immortality transformed
    3. Happily ever after: transhumanism and the hedonistic imperative
    4. The social skin, the anti-social skin, and the persuit of morphological freedrom
    5. Decoding the self
    6. Rethinking kinship systems
    7. From original affluence to posthuman abundance

  • Author

    Jennifer Huberman, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    Jenny Huberman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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