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iAnorexic: Haraway’s Cyborg Metaphor as Ethical Methodology

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The burgeoning connections between the human body and technology have opened space for disenfranchised “others” to take up alternative lived experience, such as the exclusively online pro-anorexia movement. Haraway’s (1991) cyborg metaphor, characterised by organic/machine hybridisation, speaks to the blurring of the boundaries between taken-for-granted binaries that “other” women and their experiences of their bodies. Through a study of pro-anorexia online, we illustrate how cyborg theory enables a nonpathologising understanding of women’s embodiment. In this article, we discuss cyborg metaphor as an ethical methodology for new engagements with pro-anorexia and women’s embodiment, privileging transdisciplinary movement, simultaneity, and contradiction.
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Keywords: cyborg metaphor; cyborg theory; ethics; hybridity; online research; pro-anorexia; women’s embodiment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Publication date: July 3, 2015

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