Somatic Surveillance: Corporeal Control through Information Networks

Torin Monahan, Tyler Wall
2002 Surveillance & Society  
Somatic surveillance is the increasingly invasive technological monitoring of and intervention into body functions. Within this type of surveillance regime, bodies are recast as nodes on vast information networks, enabling corporeal control through remote network commands, automated responses, or self-management practices. In this paper, we investigate three developments in somatic surveillance: nanotechnology systems for soldiers on the battlefield, commercial body-monitoring systems for
more » ... purposes, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants for identification of hospital patients. The argument is that in present and projected forms, somatic surveillance systems abstract bodies and physiological systems from social contexts, facilitating hyper-individualized control and the commodification of life functions.
doi:10.24908/ss.v4i3.3446 fatcat:c2qju7nzpjhydbmcuwqk33xq5e