Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The ontology of the subject in digitalization
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2013 (English)In: Handbook of Research on Technolselves: Identity in a Technological Society / [ed] Rocci Luppicini, Hershey: IGI Global, 2013, Volume 1, 45-63 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is about the ontology of subjects in digitalization. Questions of ontology emerge as a response to contemporary concerns about the ways digitalization is transforming our lives. In this chapter the author’s suggestion is that any understanding of digitalization and its relationship to identity and/or subjectivity need to be considered within a more general horizon of ontology such as for instance suggested by post-representational views on the relationship between identity, self and technology (Badio 2006, Barad 2003; 2007; 2010, Heidegger 1977, Hekman 2010, Pickering 1995; 2011). The chapter highlights three broad principal responses characterizing contemporary entanglements of the self and digitalization contemporary life (Technoselves) – Disclosure, Performativity, and the Real. These three responses are each exploratory illustrated as well as theoretical bracketed by among others Heidegger’s thinking on technology (Heidegger 1977). The chapter tentatively concludes that contemporary digitali- zation brings the subject back to fundamental ways of existence—that of being-in-the-world (Heidegger, 1996/1927: 49–58). As such, the author contends that any considerations regarding the ontology of the subject in the digital age need to take serious non-modern stances on existence in the search for new imaginaries of the world and the subject’s becoming.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: IGI Global, 2013, Volume 1. 45-63 p.
National Category
Information Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-58674ISBN: 978-1-4666-2211-1OAI: diva2:549628
Available from: 2012-09-05 Created: 2012-09-05 Last updated: 2012-09-06Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Croon Fors, Anna
By organisation
Department of Informatics
Information Systems

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 714 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link