Undoing Monogamy

Author: Angela Willey
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822374213
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Genre: Social Science

In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S. science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging. She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry. Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, Willey demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The book examines colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory, and the work of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

The New Politics of Materialism

Author: Sarah Ellenzweig
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351976152
Release Date: 2017-07-04

New materialism challenges the mechanistic models characteristic of early modern philosophy that regarded matter as largely passive and inert. Instead it gives weight to topics often overlooked in such accounts: agency, vitalism, complexity, contingency, and self-organization. This collection, which includes an international roster of contributors from philosophy, history, literature, and science, is the first to ask what is "new" about the new materialism and place it in interdisciplinary perspective. Against current theories of new materialism it argues for a deeper engagement with materialism's history, questions whether matter can be "lively," and asks whether new materialism's wish to revitalize politics and the political lives up to its promise. Contributors: Keith Ansell-Pearson, Sarah Ellenzweig, Christian J. Emden, N. Katherine Hayles, Jess Keiser, Mogens Laerke, Ian Lowrie, Lenny Moss, Angela Willey, Catherine Wilson, Charles T. Wolfe, Derek Woods, and John H. Zammito.

A Global History of Sexual Science 1880 1960

Author: Veronika Fuechtner
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520293373
Release Date: 2017-11-14
Genre: History

Sex has no history, but sexual science does. Starting in the late nineteenth century, scholars and activists all over the world suddenly began to insist that understandings of sex be based on science. As Japanese and Indian sexologists influenced their German, British and American counterparts, and vice versa, sexuality, modernity, and imaginings of exotified “Others” became intimately linked. The first anthology to provide a worldwide perspective on the birth and development of the field, A Global History of Sexual Science contends that actors outside of Europe—in Asia, Latin America, and Africa—became important interlocutors in debates on prostitution, birth control or transvestitism. Ideas circulated through intellectual exchange, travel, and internationally produced and disseminated publications. Twenty scholars tackle specific issues, including the female orgasm and the criminalization of male homosexuality, to demonstrate how concepts and ideas introduced by sexual scientists gained currency throughout the modern world.

How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics

Author: Laura Briggs
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520281912
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Human reproduction

-This book tells the story of how our political struggles over race, immigration, and queer folks came to center around reproductive politics--children, households, and families. Race-based shaming of irresponsible reproductive behavior--from an account of Black -welfare queens- and Latina immigrant -breeding machines- to Clinton's crackdown on immigration following -Nannygate---were instrumental in creating a new normal: the shredding of the government safety net for families and households, the end of the period of rising real wages and a living wage that enabled people to support families and dependents, and the immiseration of households. Laura Briggs argues for the critical importance of paying attention to reproductive politics in this new era---Provided by publisher.

Queer Feminist Science Studies

Author: Cyd Cipolla
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295742595
Release Date: 2017-11-16
Genre: Social Science

Queer Feminist Science Studies takes a transnational, trans-species, and intersectional approach to this cutting-edge area of inquiry between women�s, gender, and sexuality studies and science and technology studies (STS). The essays here �queer��or denaturalize and make strange�ideas that are taken for granted in both areas of study. Reimagining the meanings of and relations among queer and feminist theories and a wide range of scientific disciplines, contributors foster new critical and creative knowledge-projects that attend to shifting and uneven operations of power, privilege, and dispossession, while also highlighting potentialities for uncertainty, subversion, transformation, and play. Theoretically and rhetorically powerful, these essays also take seriously the materiality of �natural� objects and phenomena: bones, voles, chromosomes, medical records and more all help substantiate answers to questions such as, What is sex? How are race, gender, sexuality, and other systems of differences co-constituted? The foundational essays and new writings collected here offer a generative resource for students and scholars alike, demonstrating the ingenuity and dynamism of queer feminist scholarship.

Re Presenting Feminist Methodologies

Author: Kalpana Kannabiran
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351800372
Release Date: 2017-03-16
Genre: Social Science

This book tracks the trajectory of gender in the social sciences and humanities through an exploration of the challenges and contradictions that confront contemporary feminist analysis as well as future directions. Drawing on research in India, the essays in the volume engage with the subject in imaginative ways, each one going beyond documenting the persistence of gender inequality, instead raising new questions and dilemmas while unravelling the complexities of the terrain. They also interrogate extant knowledge that has ‘constructed’ women as ‘agentless’ over the years, incapable of contesting or transforming social orders – by taking a close look at gendered decision-making processes and outcomes, sex for pleasure, health care practices, content and context of formal schooling or the developmental state that ‘mainstreams’ gender. Do existing feminist methodologies enable the understanding of emerging themes as online sexual politics, transnational surrogacy or masculinist ‘anti-feminist’ sensibilities? The feminist methodologies delineated here will provide readers with a toolkit to assess the criticality of gender as well as its nuances. The work foregrounds the importance of intersectionality and builds a case for context-specific articulations of gender and societies that destabilize binary universals. This volume will be useful to scholars and researchers across the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, especially gender studies, women’s studies, feminism, research methodology, education, sociology, political science and public policy.

Intersex Matters

Author: David A. Rubin
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438467566
Release Date: 2017-09-28
Genre: Social Science

Analyzes intersex debates through a queer feminist, intersectional, and transnational lens. Intersex Matters analyzes the medicalization of people diagnosed as “intersex,” which is an umbrella term for individuals born with sexual anatomies various societies deem to be nonstandard. Through an examination of medico-scientific, scholarly, political, and popular archives from the mid-twentieth century to the present, Rubin argues that the medical regulation of atypical sex is fundamentally a feminist and a queer issue, and an intersectional and transnational one as well. Critical attention to intersex lives, bodies, narratives, and activisms profoundly reconfigures contemporary paradigms of sex/gender, race, health, normality, biopolitics, and human rights. Rubin charts the emergence of intersex rights activism in the global north and global south, thus demonstrating the value of understanding intersex experience when rethinking the vicissitudes of body politics in a globally interconnected world. “Intersex Matters is conceptually sharp, thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and offers an account of intersex that we’ve never seen before. It is a remarkable book.” — Gayle Salamon, Princeton University “The scholarship is sound and well written. The book makes a significant contribution to the literature and further adds to our knowledge of intersex.” — Georgiann Davis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Intersexualit t kontrovers

Author: Katinka Schweizer
ISBN: 3837921883
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Intersexuality

Es gibt weltweit zahlreiche Menschen, die nicht eindeutig einem biologischen Geschlecht zuzuordnen sind sie sind intersexuell. Die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen der Intersexualität wirft Fragen der Grenzüberschreitung und der Zuständigkeit für Entscheidungsprozesse im medizinischen Bereich auf. Nicht nur verschiedene Behandlungsmaßnahmen können Leid bei den Betroffenen erzeugen, sondern auch Geheimhaltung, Diskriminierung und Ausgrenzung. Der vorliegende Band versammelt aktuelles Grundlagenwissen für ein vertieftes Verständnis des tabuisierten Phänomens und seiner verschiedenen Erscheinungsformen. Internationale Wissenschaftler, Praktiker und Experten geben in trans- und interdisziplinären Beiträgen einen differenzierten Einblick in die kontroversen Positionen im medizinischen, psychosozialen und gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Intersexualität. Ein informativer Anhang mit wichtigen Adressen, Literatur- und Filmhinweisen ergänzt die verständliche und umfassende fachliche Diskussion. Mit Beiträgen von Ralf Binswanger, Franziska Brunner, Michael Groneberg, Sonia Grover, Monika Gsell, Christina Handford, Paul M. Holterhus, Angela Kolbe, Eveline Kraus-Kinsky, David G. Núñez, Julia Ohms, Konstanze Plett, Janine Prange-Kiel, Caroline Prochnow, J.M. Pulvermüller, Ilka Quindeau, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Annette Richter-Unruh, Gabriele Rune, Verena Schönbucher, Katinka Schweizer, Volkmar Sigusch, Jürg Streuli, Oliver Tolmein, Garry Warne, Katharina Woellert und Kathrin Zehnder.

Das unbeschriebene Blatt

Author: Steven Pinker
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104903903
Release Date: 2017-11-23
Genre: Social Science

Mit einem aktuellen Vorwort zur Neuausgabe! Auf John Locke geht die Vorstellung zurück, der Mensch sei ein leeres Blatt, auf dem im Verlauf des Lebens die persönlichen Erfahrungen eingetragen werden. In seinem mittlerweile klassischen Buch »Das unbeschriebene Blatt. Die moderne Leugnung der menschlichen Natur« bezieht Bestseller-Autor Steven Pinker ganz die Gegenposition: Mit Witz, Brillanz und Gelehrsamkeit analysiert er die Geschichte dieser Idee und zeigt, wie falsch sie ist – mit allen kruden Auswirkungen auf Vorstellungen von Sexualität, Rasse, Kindererziehung, Intelligenz usw. Die Rolle der Gene wird systematisch unterschätzt; aber das bedeutet nicht, dass wir ihnen völlig ausgeliefert sind. Pinker zeigt nämlich auch, wie befreiend diese Sichtweise sein kann. Ein unterhaltsames und anschauliches Buch zur Natur des Menschen, ein echter Lesegenuss.

Ayla und der Clan des B ren

Author: Jean M. Auel
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641079222
Release Date: 2011-12-22
Genre: Fiction

Der Welterfolg von Jean M. Auel! Die Urzeit vor 30 000 Jahren: Das junge Mädchen Ayla irrt verlassen durch die gefährliche Wildnis der vorzeitlichen Erde. Der «Clan des Bären», ein Stamm von Urmenschen, nimmt sie auf. Doch Ayla ist nicht wie die anderen Stammesmitglieder. Sie ist blond, schlank und lernt überdurchschnittlich schnell ... Ayla lebt vor 30.000 Jahren in einer Zeit, in der Schnee und Eis weite Teile des europäischen Kontinents bedecken. Als während eines Erdbebens Aylas Stamm vernichtet wird, irrt sie ziellos umher und überlebt nur knapp den Angriff eines Höhlenlöwen. Völlig entkräftet wird sie vom Clan des Bären gefunden und aufgenommen. In Iza, der Heilerin des Clans, und deren Bruder Creb, einem mächtigen Medizinmann, findet Ayla neue Eltern. Bald schon ergeben sich Konflikte durch Aylas Andersartigkeit. Nicht nur ihr Aussehen, sondern auch ihre seltsame Art, durch Laute zu kommunizieren, befremden die Clan-Mitglieder. Bald lernt Ayla, auf die "richtige" Art zu sprechen - in der Gebärdensprache. Viele Verhaltensregeln und Tabus, die den Frauen des Bärenclans auferlegt sind, bereiten der selbstbewussten Ayla auch weiterhin Probleme. Mit Feuereifer stürzt sich Ayla in ihre Ausbildung zur Medizinfrau, denn darin sieht sie ihre einzige Chance, in Zukunft vom Clan akzeptiert zu werden. Doch ihr unabhängiges Wesen lässt sich nicht unterdrücken. So sehr sie sich auch müht, sie bleibt eine Außenseiterin in einer ihr fremden Kultur ...