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dc.contributor.authorHaddow, Gillen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKing, Emmaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKunkler, Ianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMcLaren, Duncanen_UK
dc.description.abstractAn in vivo biosensor is a technology in development that will assess the biological activity of cancers to individualise external beam radiotherapy. Inserting such technology into the human body creates cybernetic organisms; a cyborg that is a human–machine hybrid. There is a gap in knowledge relating to patient willingness to allow automated technology to be embedded and to become cyborg. There is little agreement around what makes a cyborg and less understanding of the variation in the cyborgisation process. Understanding the viewpoint of possible beneficiaries addresses such gaps. There are currently three versions of ‘cyborg’ in the literature (i) a critical feminist STS concept to destabilise power inherent in dualisms, (ii) an extreme version of the human/machine in science-fiction that emphasises the ‘man’ in human and (iii) a prediction of internal physiological adaptation required for future space exploration. Interview study findings with 12 men in remission from prostate cancer show a fourth version can be used to describe current and future sub-groups of the population; ‘everyday cyborgs'. For the everyday cyborg the masculine cyborg status found in the fictionalised human–machine related to issues of control of the cancer. This was preferred to the felt stigmatisation of being a ‘leaker and bleeder’. The willingness to become cyborg was matched with a having to get used to the everyday cyborg's technological adaptations and risks. It is crucial to explore the everyday cyborg's sometimes ambivalent viewpoint. The everyday cyborg thus adds the dimension of participant voice currently missing in existing cyborg literatures and imaginations.en_UK
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen_UK
dc.relationHaddow G, King E, Kunkler I & McLaren D (2015) Cyborgs in the Everyday: Masculinity and Biosensing Prostate Cancer. Science as Culture, 24 (4), pp. 484-506.
dc.rightsCopyright 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectin vivo biosensorsen_UK
dc.subjectpatient ambivalenceen_UK
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_UK
dc.subjecteveryday cyborgen_UK
dc.subjectmasculinity and stigmatisationen_UK
dc.titleCyborgs in the Everyday: Masculinity and Biosensing Prostate Canceren_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleScience as Cultureen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorHaddow, Gill|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKing, Emma|0000-0003-3611-9647en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKunkler, Ian|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMcLaren, Duncan|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameHaddow et al_Science as Culture_2015.pdfen_UK
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