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BiocitizenshipThe Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power$
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Kelly E. Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479845194

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479845194.001.0001

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The Supra-Cyborg

The Supra-Cyborg

The Rise of Global Governing Corporatocracies

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Celeste M. Condit

NYU Press

This essay offers a supra-individual perspective on biocitizenship. By developing the concept of the supra-cyborg, it envisions biocitizenship as the organization of humans within a supra-biological form of being, which is to say a form shaped by humans’ symbolizing capacities, but not wholly determined by them. Attending to our inhabitation within supra-cyborgs highlights the importance of the contest between corporations and governments and the rise of Global Governing Corporatocracies. The literalizing metaphor of the supra-cyborg also highlights as a key political question: whether it is possible for humans to live well outside of supra-cyborgs, and if not, what kind of supra-cyborg organization we should seek to synthetically engineer. This vision also re-calibrates a sense of which lines of action might be most promising for those who seek to implement either justice or care across human groups or greater space for nonhuman beings.

Keywords:   Supra-cyborg, Organizations, Government, Corporations

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