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Harnessing the energy of provocative theories generated by recent understandings of the human body, the natural world, and the material world, Material Feminisms presents an entirely new way for feminists to conceive of the question of materiality. In lively and timely essays, an international group of feminist thinkers challenges the assumptions and norms that have previously defined studies about the body. These wide-ranging essays grapple with topics such as the material reality of race, the significance of sexual difference, the impact of disability experience, and the complex interaction between nature and culture in traumatic events such as Hurricane Katrina. By insisting on the importance of materiality, this volume breaks new ground in philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, and other fields where the body and nature collide.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part 1: Material Theory
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. 1. Darwin and Feminism: Preliminary Investigations for a Possible Alliance
  2. pp. 23-51
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  1. 2. On not Becoming Man: The Materialist Politics of Unactualized Potential
  2. pp. 52-84
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  1. 3. Constructing the Ballast: An Ontology for Feminism
  2. pp. 85-119
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  1. 4. Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of how matter comes to matter
  2. pp. 120-154
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  1. Part 2: Material World
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. 5. Otherworldly Conversations, Terran Topics, Local Terms
  2. pp. 157-187
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  1. 6. Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina
  2. pp. 188-213
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  1. 7. Natural Convers(at)ions: or, what if Culture was Really Nature all along?
  2. pp. 214-236
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  1. 8. Trans-corporeal Feminisms and the Ethical Space of Nature
  2. pp. 237-264
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  1. 9. Landscape, Memory, and Forgetting: Thinking Through (My Mother's) Body and Place
  2. pp. 265-2888
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  1. Part 3: Material Bodies
  2. pp. 289-290
  1. 10. Disability Experience on Trial
  2. pp. 291-307
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  1. 11. How Real is Race?
  2. pp. 308-339
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  1. 12. From Race/Sex/etc. to Glucose, Feeding Tube, and Mourning: The Shifting Matter of Chicana Feminism
  2. pp. 340-372
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  1. 13. Organic Empathy: Feminism, Psychopharmaceuticals, and the Embodiment of Depression
  2. pp. 373-399
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  1. 14. Cassie's Hair
  2. pp. 400-424
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 425-428
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 429-434
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253013606
Related ISBN
9780253349781
MARC Record
OCLC
858861774
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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