Feminism and Biopolitics

A cyborg account

Authored by: Catriona Sandilands

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415707749
eBook ISBN: 9781315886572
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Both within and outside environmental thought, most thinkers working with the influential concept of biopolitics – the intensifying organization of power, in modernity, through bodies and corporeal relations – have done so without attention to gender: the genealogy of the concept largely proceeds without the many feminist thinkers who have engaged in broadly biopolitical thinking since at least the 1980s, under the rubrics, for example, of ecological feminism (or ecofeminism) and feminist science studies. Perhaps more surprisingly, several recent writings under the umbrella of ‘new’ feminist materialisms also disavow this older feminist work in their claims that 1990s feminist theory actively and only turned away from nature and biology.

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