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Why does ANT need Haraway for thinking about (gendered) bodies?
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5041-5018
2019 (English)In: The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory / [ed] Anders Blok, Ignacio Farias, Celia Roberts, London: Routledge, 2019, 1, p. 123-139Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter suggests that some of the conceptual gifts Donna Haraway has given to social theory are particularly useful for ANT to consider when thinking about (gendered) bodies and technoscience. It discusses: Her concept of a god-trick and reworking of the enlightenment practice of witnessing; Haraway’s particular take on imploding binaries and the figure of the cyborg to trouble the relationship to bodies and technology (and binaries in general); and the material-semiotic, with its apparatus of bodily production. Throughout, allusions are made to affinities between ANT and Haraway’s work. The chapter focuses primarily on early Haraway and early ANT, as this may be where and when the conversations between the two were richest. It claims that Haraway is useful for thinking about (gendered) bodies in part because her work views the material-semiotic in a much wider, cultural arena than ANT, allowing consideration of power structures writ large, and in part because her theoretical imperative problematises both the concepts of gender and bodies in a way which fundamentally challenges early ANT understandings of science and its actants.

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London: Routledge, 2019, 1. p. 123-139
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Actor network theory, Science and Technology Studies, Haraway, feminist
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161044ISBN: 9781138084728 (print)ISBN: 9781315111667 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161044DiVA, id: diva2:1362090
Available from: 2019-10-17 Created: 2019-10-17 Last updated: 2019-10-18Bibliographically approved

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