Spectral Personas: Exploring the Constitution and Legal Standing of “Virtual Personhood”
Drawing together substantive examples from three case studies: bioinformation derived from personal health records; regenerative devices; and donated oocytes I here begin to build a theory of the emplacement and constitution of personality in a techne-mediated world; of how and where it might be located and defended in law. Personality here subsists in new, more virtual, registers. In exploring the parallels between these cases my intention is to explicate what happens when historical understandings of the generation and transmission of personality are disrupted and how concepts such as dominion; culpability and belonging could, or should, be sustained or nuanced in response as we enter a brave new world in which personalities have no clear genealogy or legal standing.
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