Simians Cyborgs & Women CL

Donna Jeanne Haraway, Author, Haraway, Author Other $69.95 (287p) ISBN 978-0-415-90386-8
Scholars of modern feminist theory, particularly of perspectives on science (notably biology) and how they relate to perceptions of human culture, will appreciate these 10 essays by science historian Haraway ( Primate Visions ), adapted from articles published between 1978 and 1989. They chart a shift in her standpoint during this period: the earliest works reflect a Marxist analytical influence (as befits ``a proper, US socialist-feminist'' of the '70s), while the later ones also show the influence of post-modernism. ``Animal Sociology and a Natural Economy of the Body Politic'' surveys primatology research of the 1930s and '40s to explore how the ``principle of domination'' is embedded in some scientific thought. ``Gender for a Marxist Dictionary,'' in which Haraway develops a definition for the word ``gender,'' highlights the difficulty of reducing complex concepts to keywords. ``The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies'' views the ``biomedical, biotechnical'' self, incorporating modern discourse on the immunological system; bodies, like gender, she contends, ``are not born; they are made'' as biomedical constructs. Illustrated. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
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