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Breathing Matters: Feminist Intersectional Politics of Vulnerability
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8710-5491
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Breathing Matters : En feministisk intersektionell sårbarhetens politik (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Breathing is not a common subject in feminist studies. Breathing Matters introduces this phenomenon as a forceful potentiality for feminist intersectional theories, politics, and social and environmental justice. By analyzing the material and discursive as well as the natural and cultural enactments of breath in black lung disease, phone sex work, and anxieties and panic attacks, Breathing Matters proposes a nonuniversalizing and politicized understanding of embodiment. In this approach, human bodies are onceptualized as agential actors of intersectional politics. Magdalena Górska argues that struggles for breath and for breathable lives are matters of differential forms of political practices in which vulnerable and quotidian corpomaterial and corpo-affective actions are constitutive of politics. Set in the context of feminist poststructuralist and new materialist and postconstructionist debates, Breathing Matters offers a discussion of human embodiment and agency reconfigured in a posthumanist manner. Its interdisciplinary analytical practice demonstrates that breathing is a phenomenon that is important to study from scientific, medical, political, environmental and social perspectives.

Abstract [sv]

Andning är inte ett vanligt förekommande ämne inom feministiska studier. Breathing Matters introducerar detta fenomen som har en potential för feministiska intersektionella teorier, politik, social rättvisa och klimaträttvisa. Genom analyser av materiella, diskursiva, naturliga och kulturella dimensioner av andningens formationer, i sjukdomen pneumokonios, telefonsexarbete samt ångest och panikattacker, föreslår Breathing Matters en icke-universialiserande och politiserad förståelse av förkroppsligande. Genom denna ansats konceptualiseras mänskliga kroppar som agentiella aktörer i en intersektionell politik. Magdalena Górska argumenterar att kampen för att andas och för andningsbara liv är ett angeläget ämne för differentiella former av politisk praktik. Denna sårbara och vardagliga praktik som både består av kroppsmateriella och kroppsaffektiva handlingar konstituerar politik. Placerad i en kontext av feminist poststrukturalistisk, nymaterialistisk och postkonstruktivistisk debatt erbjuder Breathing Matters en diskussion kring mänskligt förkroppsligande och agentskap som är omkonfigurerad på ett posthumanistiskt sätt. Den tvärvetenskapliga analytiska praktiken visar att andning är ett fenomen som är viktigt att studera från vetenskapliga, medicinska, politiska, miljömässiga och sociala perspektiv.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. , 339 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 683
Keyword [en]
Breath, breathing, intersectionality, vulnerability, social and environmental justice, black lung, phone sex work, anxieties, panic attacks, matterwork, embodiment, affect, agential realism, posthumanities, postconstructionism, new materialism, environmental humanities, cultural studies, feminism, gender
Keyword [sv]
Andning, intersektionalitet, sårbarhet, social rättvisa och klimaträttvisa, pneumokonios, telefonsex, postkonstruktionism, ångest, panikattacker, materiaarbete, förkroppsligande, affekt, agentiell realism, posthumanism, nymaterialism, miljöhumanism, kulturstudier, feminism, genus
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Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128607DOI: 10.3384/diss.diva-128607ISBN: 978-91-7685-764-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128607DiVA: diva2:930676
Public defence
2016-06-10, TEMCAS, TEMA-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-25 Last updated: 2016-06-02Bibliographically approved

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