Struggling to be Fit: Identity, Integrity, and the Law

Shawn H. E. Harmon, Abbe Brown, Sita Popat, Sarah Whatley, Rory O'Connor

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This interdisciplinary co-authored piece introduces identity and integrity, which are argued to sit at the core of the person. It analyses approaches taken to these concepts by legal regimes, particularly in the context of individuals using artificial limbs or digital avatars. The piece concludes that law engages with identity and integrity to a limited and incomplete extent; and that law is thus inadequate in its engagement with the person, and its meaning making in this respect. This piece draws on two interdisciplinary funded projects, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-344
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • personhood
  • identity
  • integrity
  • disability
  • prosthetic
  • avatar


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