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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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Female Bodily (Re)Productivity in the Stem Cell Economy

Female Bodily (Re)Productivity in the Stem Cell Economy

A Cross-Materialist Feminist Approach

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(p.204) 12 Female Bodily (Re)Productivity in the Stem Cell Economy
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Mattering
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Sigrid Vertommen

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479833498.003.0013

This chapter aims to transcend the uncomfortable silence that exists between two strands of feminist materialism, i.e. historical materialism and new feminist materialism by offering a cross-materialist feminist analysis of the ways in which female bodily productivity is being mobilized in twenty-first-century bio-economies, Through a diffractive reading of historical materialist and new materialist feminist contributions I elucidate on the (dis)continuities between both perspectives on the use of women’s reproductive tissues in stem cell economies. By focusing on various themes such as reproductive labor, the nature-culture divide, and the position of biology and critique within feminist studies, I argue that old and new materialist feminist perspectives can cross-fertilize each other productively, if certain challenges are adequately addressed.

Keywords:   historical materialism, new feminist materialism, nature-culture divide, biology, reproductive labor, critique

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