The Gendered Cyborg: A Reader

The Gendered Cyborg: A Reader

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by Fiona Hovenden
     
 

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

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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:
9780415220903
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/16/1999
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

List of figuresix
List of acknowledgementsxi
Introductionxiii
Part 1Representing gender in technoscience1
Introduction to Part One3
1.1Taxonomy for Human Beings11
1.2Race and Gender: the Role of Analogy in Science38
1.3A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s50
1.4Envisioning Cyborg Bodies: Notes from Current Research58
1.5Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs: Feminist Confrontations with Science74
Part 2Alien m/others: representing the feminine in science fiction film89
Introduction to Part Two91
2.1Monstrous Mothers: Medusa, Grendel, and Now Alien101
2.2Technophilia: Technology, Representation, and the Feminine110
2.3Alien and the Monstrous-Feminine122
2.4Postfuturism136
2.5Reading Cyborgs Writing Feminism148
Part 3Representing reproduction: reproducing representation159
Introduction to Part Three161
3.1Foetal Images: the Power of Visual Culture in the Politics of Reproduction171
3.2Feminist Approaches to Science, Medicine and Technology193
3.3(M)other Discourses209
3.4The Virtual Speculum in the New World Order221
Part 4Refractions (women, technology and cyborgs)247
Introduction to Part Four249
4.1When Our Lips Speak Together262
4.2On the Matrix: Cyberfeminist Simulations265
4.3Feminist Ai Projects and Cyberfutures276
4.4Gender and the Landscapes of Computing in an Internet Cafe291
4.5New Technologies of Race305
Index319

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