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Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors

Transhumanism as a New Social Movement

The Techno-Centred Imagination

Authors: MacFarlane, James Michael

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  • Defines and advances the emerging nexus between social movement theory and normative science and technology studies
  • Explores issues pertaining to the future of identity, technological advancements, and future of human enhancement
  • Written in an interdisciplinary style for a range scholars, including those interested in posthumanism & transhumanism, science & technology studies, social movement studies, and media studies
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This book explores Technological Human Enhancement Advocacy through ethnographically inspired participant observation across a range of sites. James Michael MacFarlane argues that such advocacy is characterized by ‘Techno-centrism,' a belief grounded in today’s world while being also future-oriented and drawn from the imagination. This blurring of ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ futures borrows from the materialist grounding of the scientific worldview, while granting extended license to visions for technology as an enabler of forward-facing action, which include reviving humanist ideals associated with the modernization project. While Techno-centrism is arguably most pronounced in transhumanism—where it is acted-out in extreme, almost hyperbolic ways—it reflects more generally held, deep-seeded concerns around the future of science, technology and human self-identity in the new millennium. Far from being new, these emerging social forms capture unresolved ambivalences which have long cast a shadow over late-modern society and culture.

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James Michael MacFarlane received his PhD from the University of Warwick. His work focuses on the dissemination of expert/technical knowledge to non-expert audiences, public engagement and involvement with science, and the strengthening of science-public relations through enhanced communication and dialogue.

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“‘Transhumanism’ is normally associated with a small but vocal group of self-styled visionary thinkers who believe that emerging forms of science and technology—from gene therapy to mind uploading—will result in a quantum leap in the evolution of humanity. But who actually believes in the forecasts of these people and invests in their schemes—and why? James Michael MacFarlane has provided the first in-depth ethnography and analysis of what may be called the ‘rank and file’ of transhumanism, which he astutely defines as a lifestyle-based social movement, the significance of which is bound to grow in the coming years.”
Steve Fuller, Author of Humanity 2.0

 

“Transhumanism as a social movement is picking up steam.  While there is a growing number of fervent debates over its ethical and philosophical credentials, MacFarlane’s impressive sociological study takes us to the innards of the movement where the gestation of the ‘techno-centered imagination’ is rapidly taking place.  It fills an important lacuna in current discussions of technoscience, politics, and human identity in the 21st century.”
Georg TheinerExecutive Editor, Social Epistemology. A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transhumanism as a New Social Movement
Book Subtitle
The Techno-Centred Imagination
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and its Successors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40090-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40090-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-40089-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 239
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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