By Anneke Smelik, Nina Lykke
Considering international struggle II, the organic and technological were fusing and merging in new methods, leading to the lack of a transparent contrast among the 2. This entanglement of biology with know-how isn't new, however the pervasiveness of that integration is spectacular, as is the rate at which the 2 were merging in fresh many years. As this technique permeates extra of way of life, the pressing necessity arises to reconsider either biology and expertise. certainly, the human physique can not be appeared both as a bounded entity or as a certainly given and targeted a part of an unquestioned whole."Bits of Life" assumes a post-human definition of the physique. it really is grounded in questions about today's biocultures, which pertain neither to humanist physically integrity nor to the anthropological assumption that human our bodies are the single ones that topic. Editors Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke relief in mapping alterations and modifications and in impressive a center street among the metaphor and the cloth. In exploring present reconfigurations of our bodies and embodied matters, the members pursue a technophilic, but serious, direction whereas articulating new and carefully appraised moral criteria. Anneke Smelik is professor of visible tradition on the Radboud college of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Nina Lykke is professor of gender experiences, Linkoeping collage, Sweden, and head of the Nordic study college in Interdisciplinary Gender stories.
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One of these themes is the body as a controversial and important issue (Thornham 2000). And with the body, the role of science in culture is put on the agenda as well (Franklin, Lury, and Stacey 1991). 1 is that of feminist science studies, which amalgamates feminist studies and science and technology studies. The relationship between these two is aptly characterized by the term “unsettled relations” (Thornham 2000). Donna Haraway, interviewed for this volume (see chapter 3), stresses that feminists like herself and other pioneers of feminist science studies have been “hard to digest” for mainstream chroniclers of the history of science and technology studies.
The object of such ﬁeldwork was the production of insightful analysis of “other” (non-Western) societies, and thus “culture” emerged as the central focus and key term of this discipline. Cultural anthropology has been closely associated with colonialism and imperialism and their legacies. From the 1970s through the 1990s, however, an explicit, critical confrontation with these origins fostered a radical turn in the discipline, which opened its resources for science studies. With an awakened awareness of the discipline’s colonial links, some cultural anthropologists turned their analytical gaze in the direction of Western culture itself.
2 As Althusser’s inﬂuence waned, Foucault became a more inﬂuential ﬁgure. Foucault’s interests in the clinic, in biopower, and in various aspects of bodily discipline and medical and scientiﬁc discourses bolstered the theoretical ballast for new kinds of feminist cultural studies of science and technology. Outside the academy, social and political controversy that was focused on technology, science, and medicine was at the center of new social movements, such as the antinuclear and ecology movements, as were campaigns around HIV/AIDS.