Donna Haraway is known as the Cyborg theorist, an acronym for ‘cybernetics organism’ through his widely quoted work ‘The Cyborg Manifesto’
Fully named Donna Jeanne Haraway was born to a Catholic middle classification family in Ireland on September 6, 1944. Her interdisciplinary educational background. He studied zoology at Colorado College, with a minor in English philosophy and literature, graduating in 1966. Haraway received a PhD in biology from Yale University, then became an assistant professor in the history of science at John Hopkins University. His career continues at the University of California, in the field of History of Consciousness studies.
Like many intellectuals of his generation, Donna Haraway combines academic activity with political activity. He is committed to the anti-Vietnam war movement, socialism, anti-racism Marxism and feminism. His interdisciplinary background and activist career make his academic work rich in analysis with the support of strong empirical data. His article ‘The Cyborg Manifesto’ received wide public attention. In his writings, Donna Haraway describes a figure or figure called Cyborg, the representation of a critical figure in the agenda of feminism, anti-racism, and technology. Cyborgs alone cannot be defined merely as biological figures such as humans or animals, male or female, body or mind because Cyborg transcends the dichotomy. Cyborg is a combination of figures that cannot be positioned within a boundary such as nature or culture, facts or fiction. Cyborg figure is a cyber organism with a liquid identity.
The study conducted by Donna Haraway has inspired the next intellectuals who have interests in various contemporary studies such as techno-feminism, the internet, and the relationship between humans and digital technology
The concept of identity in the digital age, for example, if it is read using the Cyborg approach shows the loss of the boundaries of individual identity that was originally biologically determined. For example, the identity of a digital account is not always determined by the user’s sex or biological gender, but also by individual preferences or social orientation of the user. Humans in the digital age are cyborg humans and Harraway has laid a theoretical foundation to study this phenomenon.
The profile of Donna Haraway’s character in this article originates from “Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists” by John Scott.