Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women / Edition 1

Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women / Edition 1

by Anne Balsamo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822316986

ISBN-13: 9780822316985

Pub. Date: 12/15/1995

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

This book takes the process of "reading the body" into the fields at the forefront of culture—the vast spaces mapped by science and technology—to show that the body in high-tech is as gendered as ever. From female body building to virtual reality, from cosmetic surgery to cyberpunk, from reproductive medicine to public health policies to TV

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This book takes the process of "reading the body" into the fields at the forefront of culture—the vast spaces mapped by science and technology—to show that the body in high-tech is as gendered as ever. From female body building to virtual reality, from cosmetic surgery to cyberpunk, from reproductive medicine to public health policies to TV science programs, Anne Balsamo articulates the key issues concerning the status of the body for feminist cultural studies in a postmodern world.
Technologies of the Gendered Body combines close readings of popular texts—such as Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, the movie Pumping Iron II: The Women, cyberpunk magazines, and mass media—with analyses of medical literature, public policy documents, and specific technological practices. Balsamo describes the ways in which certain biotechnologies are ideologically shaped by gender considerations and other beliefs about race, physical abilities, and economic and legal status. She presents a view of the conceptual system that structures individuals’ access to and participation in these technologies, as well as an overview of individuals’ rights and responsibilities in this sometimes baffling area. Examining the ways in which the body is gendered in its interactions with new technologies of corporeality, Technologies of the Gendered Body counters the claim that in our scientific culture the material body has become obsolete. With ample evidence that the techno-body is always gendered and marked by race, this book sets the stage for a renewed feminist engagement with contemporary technological narratives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316985
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/15/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
863,950
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Reading Cyborgs, Writing Feminism: Reading the Body in Contemporary Culture17
Ch. 2Feminist Bodybuilding41
Ch. 3On the Cutting Edge: Cosmetic Surgery and New Imaging Technologies56
Ch. 4Public Pregnancies and Cultural Narratives of Surveillance80
Ch. 5The Virtual Body in Cyberspace116
Ch. 6Feminism for the Incurably Informed133
Epilogue: The Role of the Body in Feminist Cultural Studies of Science and Technology157
Notes165
Index213

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