restricted access Introduction: Conceptions of the “Normal” Body

The papers in this section demonstrate the rich possibilities in bringing frames of political normativity and its production of legible and illegible bodies into the domain of critique. Broadly, they ask: How might we think through the appearance and disappearance of bodies in normative frameworks of power-as an object of discipline, as a producer and product of desire, as the space of economic calculation and risk-taking? A technique many of them share is to locate and explore social and historical points of normative shift and instability.