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Practising Ambivalence: The Feminist Politics of Engaging with Technoscience

  • Celia Roberts
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Part One

Technoscience is of immense interest to contemporary social theorists. Post-humanists are no exception: scholars identifying with this moniker, including many contributing to this volume, engage with technoscientific concepts, theories, objects and findings to make their own political and philosophical arguments about human/other-than-human relations and the coming into being of worlds. “There is a posthuman agreement,” Rosi Braidotti writes, “that contemporary science and biotechnologies affect the very fibre and structure of the living and have altered dramatically our understanding of what counts as the basic frame of reference for the human today” ( 2013, 40). Braidotti exhorts colleagues to engage with these fields, suggesting that such engagements constitute “trans-disciplinary discursive fronts” that will reshape the humanities in necessary and positive ways:

Today, environmental, evolutionary, cognitive, bio-genetic and digital trans-disciplinary discursive fronts are...

Notes

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Maureen McNeil, Jackie Stacey, Adrian Mackenzie and this volume’s editors for their feedback on earlier drafts of this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Gender and Science Studies, Department of Sociology, Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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