Sociology of the docile body

Sharon R. Bradley-Munn, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Embedded radio-frequency identification, sensor technologies, biomedical devices and a new breed of nanotechnologies are now being commercialized within a variety of contexts and use cases. As these technologies gather momentum in the marketplace, consumers will need to navigate the changing cybernetic landscape. The trichotomy facing consumers are: (1) to adopt RFID implants as a means of self-expression or to resolve a technological challenge; (2) to adopt RFID implants for diagnostic or prosthetic purposes to aid in restorative health; as well as considerations (3) for enforced adoption stemming from institutional or organizational top-down control that has no direct benefit to the end-user. This paper uses the penal metaphor to explore the potential negative impact of enforced microchipping. The paper concludes with a discussion on the importance of protecting human rights and freedoms and the right to opt-out of sub-dermal devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509024988
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016 - Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Duration: Oct 20 2016Oct 22 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings


Conference2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2016
CityTrivandrum, Kerala


  • RFID implants
  • constancy
  • freedom of choice
  • human rights
  • opt-out
  • panoptic presence
  • penal control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences


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