Feminists today are re-imagining nature, biology, and matter in feminist thought and critically addressing new developments in biology, physics, neuroscience, epigenetics and other scientific disciplines. Mattering, edited by noted feminist scholar Victoria Pitts-Taylor, presents contemporary feminist perspectives on the materialist or ‘naturalizing’ turn in feminist theory, and also represents the newest wave of feminist engagement with science. The volume addresses the relationship between human corporeality and subjectivity, questions and redefines the boundaries of human/non-human and nature/culture, elaborates on the entanglements of matter, knowledge, and practice, and addresses biological materialization as a complex and open process.
This volume insists that feminist theory can take matter and biology seriously while also accounting for power, taking materialism as a point of departure to rethink key feminist issues. The contributors, an international group of feminist theorists, scientists and scholars, apply concepts in contemporary materialist feminism to examine an array of topics in science, biotechnology, biopolitics, and bioethics. These include neuralplasticity and the brain-machine interface; the use of biometrical identification technologies for transnational border control; epigenetics and the intergenerational transmission of the health effects of social stigma; ADHD and neuropharmacology; and randomized controlled trials of HIV drugs.A unique and interdisciplinary collection, Mattering presents in grounded, concrete terms the need for rethinking disciplinary boundaries and research methodologies in light of the shifts in feminist theorizing and transformations in the sciences.
For those committed to new feminist materialism, for those who are ambivalent about the appellation, and for those encountering this scholarship for the first time, Mattering: Feminism, Science, and Materialism helps us to imagine different strategies to account for power and matter strategies that we can take up and transfigure in our own attempts to express the complexities of technoscientific worlds we study and inhabit.
New Genetics and Society
This is a wonderful cross-selection of the most recent work on one of the central concept in feminist theory, that of mattering. Matter and its processes of self-generation, whether physical, biological, or social, are explored here from a variety of feminist scientific, technological, political and philosophical perspectives with great originality and insight. A powerful addition to the growing conversation on bodies, matter, and new materialisms.
Elizabeth Grosz,author of Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism
The passionate commitment of feminist scholars to rethinking the material world, and to questioning the assumptions behind this grand project, is evident in this skillfully curated collection.
Sari van Anders,Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan