Gendered Cyborg: A Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

The Gendered Cyborg explores the relationship between representation, technoscience and gender, through the metaphor of the cyborg. The contributors argue that the figure of the cyborg offers ways of thinking about the relationship between culture and technology, people and machines which disrupt the power of science to enfore the categories through which we think about being human: male and female. Taking inspiration from Donna Haraway's groundbreaking Manifesto for Cyborgs, the articles consider how the cyborg has been used in cultural representation from reproductive technology to sci-fi, and question whether the cyborg is as powerful a symbol as is often claimed. The different sections of the reader explore:
• the construction of gender categories through science
* the interraction of technoscience and gender in contemporary science fiction film such as Bladerunner and the Alien series
* debates around modern reproductive technology such as ultrasound scans and IVF, assessing their benefits and constraints for women
* issues relating to artificial intelligence and the internet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415220910
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gill Kirkup is Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology, Linda Janes is Staff Tutor in Sociology, Dr Kathryn Woodward is Staff Tutor in Sociology, and Dr Fiona Hovenden is IT consultant at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures ix
List of acknowledgements xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1 Representing gender in technoscience 1
Introduction to Part One 3
1.1 Taxonomy for Human Beings 11
1.2 Race and Gender: the Role of Analogy in Science 38
1.3 A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s 50
1.4 Envisioning Cyborg Bodies: Notes from Current Research 58
1.5 Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs: Feminist Confrontations with Science 74
Part 2 Alien m/others: representing the feminine in science fiction film 89
Introduction to Part Two 91
2.1 Monstrous Mothers: Medusa, Grendel, and Now Alien 101
2.2 Technophilia: Technology, Representation, and the Feminine 110
2.3 Alien and the Monstrous-Feminine 122
2.4 Postfuturism 136
2.5 Reading Cyborgs Writing Feminism 148
Part 3 Representing reproduction: reproducing representation 159
Introduction to Part Three 161
3.1 Foetal Images: the Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reproduction 171
3.2 Feminist Approaches to Science, Medicine and Technology 193
3.3 (M)other Discourses 209
3.4 The Virtual Speculum in the New World Order 221
Part 4 Refractions (women, technology and cyborgs) 247
Introduction to Part Four 249
4.1 When Our Lips Speak Together 262
4.2 On the Matrix: Cyberfeminist Simulations 265
4.3 Feminist Ai Projects and Cyberfutures 276
4.4 Gender and the Landscapes of Computing in an Internet Cafe 291
4.5 New Technologies of Race 305
Index 319
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