The Somatechnics of Desire and the Biopolitics of Ageing

  • David-Jack Fletcher


This chapter examines how the emergent discipline of biogerontology is underpinned by humanist ideologies of perpetual youth. Developments in anti-ageing technologies have furthered this discourse. The resulting technologies, I argue, are inextricably connected to notions of desire and freedom, which this chapter will frame as somatechnic inscriptions for their ability to shape and influence both the individual body and that of the body politic in what I label a gerontological hygiene movement. Framed through a neo-eugenic lens, this chapter examines freedom and desire as somatechnic inscriptions of biopolitical governance that shape notions of old age as a disease state, resulting in the deployment of anti-ageing technologies and designated medicalised quarantine sites.


Nursing Home Body Politic Medical Discourse Governmental Regime Aged Body 
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  • David-Jack Fletcher
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  1. 1.Department of Music, Media, Communication and Cultural StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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