Estranged Bodies: Shifting paradigms and the biomedical imaginary
2015 (English)In: Body & Society, ISSN 1357-034X, E-ISSN 1460-3632, Vol. 21, no 3Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
This introductory article provides a contextual and theoretical overview to this special issue of Body & Society. The special issue presents five selected case studies – focusing on the contexts of transplantation, psychiatry, amputation and war, and a transvalued media ecology of cancer – to offer meditations on a number of interlinked questions. The first of these is the entanglement of biomedical governance – political/economic as well as self-disciplinary – with the nexus of estrangement, which can denote both the distancing of otherness and self-division. Second is the realm of feeling, of phantasmatic projection and of the ways in which the biopolitical becomes reciprocally, discursively, enmeshed in a wider cultural imaginary. Third is the shifting terrain of gender and feminist politics, a key dimension of which is the necessary reworking of feminist thought in the wake of a radically altered biomedical and biotechnological landscape. Under the rubric of Estranged Bodies, the collection considers themes of dissolution and the fragility of the body/subject read through bodily catastrophe, radical body modification and extreme medical intervention. Also considered is the notion of assemblage – the provisional coming together of disparate parts – which encourages a rethinking of questions of reconstituted, displaced and re-placed bodies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 21, no 3
biomedicine, bodies, estrangement
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120320DOI: 10.1177/1357034X15586242ISI: 000360821800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120320DiVA: diva2:843716