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Tactical Biopolitics

Edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780262042499
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262271127 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.001.0001
Tactical Biopolitics

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Popular culture in this “biological century” seems to feed on proliferating fears, anxieties, and hopes around the life sciences at a time when such basic concepts as scientific truth, race and gender identity, and the human itself are destabilized in the public eye. This book suggests that the political challenges at the intersection of life, science, and art are best addressed through a combination of artistic intervention, critical theorizing, and reflective practices. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, contributions to the book focus on the political significance of recent advances in the biological sciences and explore the possibility of public participation in scientific discourse, drawing on research and practice in art, biology, critical theory, anthropology, and cultural studies. After framing the subject in terms of both biology and art, the contributors discuss such topics as race and genetics (with essays from leading biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins); feminist bioscience; the politics of scientific expertise; bioart and the public sphere (with an essay by artist Claire Pentecost); activism and public health (with an essay by Treatment Action Group co-founder Mark Harrington); biosecurity after 9/11 (with essays by artists' collective Critical Art Ensemble and anthropologist Paul Rabinow); and human–animal interaction (with a framing essay by cultural theorist Donna Haraway).

Keywords: popular culture; life sciences; scientific truth; race; gender identity; biological sciences; art; critical theory; cultural studies

Book.  536 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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Interview with Richard Lewontin in Tactical Biopolitics

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Living the Eleventh Thesis in Tactical Biopolitics

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Interview with Richard Levins in Tactical Biopolitics

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Biotech Patronage and the Making of Homo DNA in Tactical Biopolitics

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<i>Soft Science</i> in Tactical Biopolitics

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Observations on an Art of Growing Interest in Tactical Biopolitics

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Outfitting the Laboratory of the Symbolic in Tactical Biopolitics

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Labs Shut Open in Tactical Biopolitics

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