By Carla Lam
With consciousness to the ways that new reproductive applied sciences facilitate the slow disembodiment of replica, this ebook finds the ambiguity of women's reproductive adventure in patriarchal cultures as being either, and infrequently at the same time, empowering and disempowering. A wealthy exploration of delivery appropriation within the West, New Reproductive applied sciences and Disembodiment investigates the assimilation of women's embodied energy into patriarchal platforms of symbolism, tradition and politics throughout the inversion of women's and men's reproductive roles. Contending that new reproductive applied sciences symbolize one other global ancient second, either of their forging of novel social kin and fabric procedures of copy, and their demeanour of disembodying girls in extraordinary methods - a disembodiment obtrusive in contemporary visible and literary, well known and educational texts - this quantity locates the roots of this disembodiment in western political discourse. a decision to feminist political thought to re-remember the cloth dimensions of our bodies and their philosophical value, New Reproductive applied sciences and Disembodiment will entice students of sociology, gender reviews, political and social thought and the examine of technological know-how, expertise and wellbeing and fitness.
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Central to the series are the elucidation of new theories of the humanity-technology relationship, the ethical implications of techno-scientific innovation, and the identification of unforeseen effects which are emerging from the techno-scientific organization of society. With particular interest in questions of gender relations, the body, virtuality, penality, work, aesthetics, urban space, surveillance, governance and the environment, the series encourages work that seeks to determine the nature of the social consequences that have followed the deployment of new technologies, investigate the increasingly complex relationship between ‘the human’ and ‘the technological’, or addresses the ethical and political questions arising from the constant transformation and manipulation of humanity.
Each is revealed through a recent history of feminist political theory, but both critical and more mainstream theories are rooted in Cartesian dualistic norms about women’s and men’s biologically determined, and mutually exclusive reproductive roles. John Stuart Mill was right that, ‘ideas have consequences’. NRTs become the magnifying glass through which the paradox is writ large. In what follows I aim to provide an explanatory framework for NRTs and their paradoxically oppressive and liberating tendencies for women as potential birthers; and render intelligible birth appropriation as underpinning current Western feminist debates through dualistic understandings that are still in circulation and being negotiated in contemporary feminist praxis.