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Mattering

Victoria pitts-taylor

in Mattering

Published by NYU Press

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

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This chapter situates feminist work on matter and mattering in its larger intellectual and biopolitical context, and also highlight some of the endogenous concerns feminists bring to the consideration of matter. Its aim is to highlight the utility of feminist (and queer, anti-racist, postcolonial) approaches that take matter seriously in light of broader investments in matter, nature, and bioculture. Many disciplines and fields have newly embraced materialism and ontology, but a sustained focus of feminist inquiry is power. Feminist orientations demand we ask certain questions of matter/ing and its interlocution. The chapter asks the following questions: In what ways is matter involved in, or shot through with, sex/gender, class, race, nation, citizenship, and other stratifications? How are these power relations involved in the understanding and management of biology or “life itself,” and how do they materialize in bodies, corporeal processes, and environments? What sorts of theoretical and methodological innovations are required to address matter as thusly situating and situated?

Keywords: feminist critiques of science; biology; materialism; biopolitics; neuroplasticity; epigenetics; Karen Barad

Chapter.  7228 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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