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MatteringFeminism, Science, and Materialism$
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Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479833498

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479833498.001.0001

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Sex/Gender Matters and Sex/Gender Materialities in the Brain

Sex/Gender Matters and Sex/Gender Materialities in the Brain

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(p.122) 7 Sex/Gender Matters and Sex/Gender Materialities in the Brain
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Mattering
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Anelis Kaiser

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479833498.003.0008

Anelis Kaiser examines the sciences of the brain and the brain itself as contested sites for the exploration of sex/gender in material terms. She draws from Barad’s understanding of materiality to explain the subsurface of bodily matter and finds in this concept, to some extend, a way to approach the brain in its material becoming. The author shows the intransigence of dichotomously mattered sexed/gendered brain regions in neuroscientific practice, and argues that in contrast to Barad’s “non-vital” materiality of physics, addressing the brain’s sex/gendered materiality requires a distinct approach to the “bio” of neurobiological matter. Against this backdrop, she gives particular attention to the independent agency of matter and makes the applicability of an agentic materiality in neuroscientific empiricism a subject of discussion.

Keywords:   sex/gender, matter, materiality, brain, neuroscience, plasticity, agency, hypothalamus, experiment

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