Edited by Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Published by NYU Press

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9781479833498
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781479842308

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21st Century feminists are re-imagining nature, biology, and matter in feminist thought and critically addressing new developments in biology, physics, neuroscience, epigenetics and other scientific disciplines. This volume presents contemporary feminist perspectives on the materialist or ‘naturalizing’ turn in feminist theory, and also represents the newest wave of feminist engagement with science. The volume addresses the relationship between human corporeality and subjectivity, questions and redefines the boundaries of human/non-human and nature/culture, elaborates on the entanglements of matter, knowledge, and practice, and addresses biological materialization as a complex and open process. This volume insists that feminist theory can take matter and biology seriously while also accounting for power. The authors take materialism as a point of departure to rethink key feminist issues, such as intersectionality, representation, performativity, methodology, post-colonialism, and biopolitics. The authors also apply concepts in contemporary materialist feminism to examine an array of topics in science, biotechnology, biopolitics, and bioethics. These include neural plasticity and the brain-machine interface; the use of biometrical identification technologies for transnational border control; epigenetics and the intergenerational transmission of the health effects of social stigma; ADHD and neuropharmacology; and randomized controlled trials of HIV drugs. They also address the histories of toxicology and neuroenhancement, and the use of neuropsychiatric drugs in prisons. The volume presents in grounded, concrete terms the need for rethinking disciplinary boundaries and research methodologies in light of the shifts in feminist theorizing.

Keywords: new materialism; biosocial; biopolitics; posthuman; feminist science studies; matter; race; gender; sexuality; biology; neuroscience; epigenetics

Book.  320 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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