The Haraway Reader

Author: Donna Jeanne Haraway

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415966894

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 352

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For readers in cultural studies, feminist theory, science studies and cyberculture, Donna Haraway is a keen observer of nature, science and the social world. This volume provides an introduction to her thought.
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Children's Literature and the Posthuman

Animal, Environment, Cyborg

Author: Zoe Jaques

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136674918

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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An investigation of identity formation in children's literature, this book brings together children’s literature and recent critical concerns with posthuman identity to argue that children’s fiction offers sophisticated interventions into debates about what it means to be human, and in particular about humanity’s relationship to animals and the natural world. In complicating questions of human identity, ecology, gender, and technology, Jaques engages with a multifaceted posthumanism to understand how philosophy can emerge from children's fantasy, disclosing how such fantasy can build upon earlier traditions to represent complex issues of humanness to younger audiences. Interrogating the place of the human through the non-human (whether animal or mechanical) leads this book to have interpretations that radically depart from the critical tradition, which, in its concerns with the socialization and representation of the child, has ignored larger epistemologies of humanness. The book considers canonical texts of children's literature alongside recent bestsellers and films, locating texts such as Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Pinocchio (1883) and the Alice books (1865, 1871) as important works in the evolution of posthuman ideas. This study provides radical new readings of children’s literature and demonstrates that the genre offers sophisticated interventions into the nature, boundaries and dominion of humanity.
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Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

Author: Affrica Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415687713

Category: EDUCATION

Page: 147

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In this fascinating new book, Affrica Taylor encourages an exciting paradigmatic shift in the ways in which childhood and nature are conceived and pedagogically deployed, and invites readers to critically reassess the naturalist childhood discourses that are rife within popular culture and early years education. Through adopting a common worlds framework, Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood generates a number of complex and inclusive ways of seeing and representing the early years. It recasts childhood as: messy and implicated rather than pure and innocent; situated and differentiated rather than decontextualized and universal; entangled within real world relations rather than protected in a separate space. Throughout the book, the author follows an intelligent and innovative line of thought which challenges many pre-existing ideas about childhood. Drawing upon cross-disciplinary perspectives, and with international relevance, this book makes an important contribution to the field of childhood studies and early childhood education, and will be a valuable resource for scholars, postgraduate students and higher education teachers.
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Cyberculture Theorists

Manuel Castells and Donna Haraway

Author: David Bell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134346751

Category: Computers

Page: 176

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This book surveys a ‘cluster’ of works that seek to explore the cultures of cyberspace, the Internet and the information society. It introduces key ideas, and includes detailed discussion of the work of two key thinkers in this area, Manuel Castells and Donna Haraway, as well as outlining the development of cyberculture studies as a field. To do this, the book also explores selected ‘moments’ in this development, from the early 1990s, when cyberspace and cyberculture were only just beginning to come together as ideas, up to the present day, when the field of cyberculture studies has grown and bloomed, producing innovative theoretical and empirical work from a diversity of standpoints. Key topics include: life on the screen network society space of flows cyborg methods. Cyberculture Theorists is the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to understand how to theorise cyberculture in all its myriad forms.
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From Agamben to Zizek

Author: Jon Simons

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686746

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990.
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Schlüsselwerke der Geschlechterforschung

Author: Martina Löw,Bettina Mathes

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322804453

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Der Band versammelt Zusammenfassungen und Analysen von 19 zentralen Schlüsselwerken der Geschlechterforschung. Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Regine Gildemeister, Karin Flaake, Marianne Rodenstein und Ulrike Teubner.
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Beyond the Cyborg

Adventures with Donna Haraway

Author: Margret Grebowicz,Helen Merrick

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520735

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Feminist theorist and philosopher Donna Haraway has substantially impacted thought on science, cyberculture, the environment, animals, and social relations. This long-overdue volume explores her influence on feminist theory and philosophy, paying particular attention to her more recent work on companion species, rather than her "Manifesto for Cyborgs." Margret Grebowicz and Helen Merrick argue that the ongoing fascination with, and re-production of, the cyborg has overshadowed Haraway's extensive body of work in ways that run counter to her own transdisciplinary practices. Sparked by their own personal "adventures" with Haraway's work, the authors offer readings of her texts framed by a series of theoretical and political perspectives: feminist materialism, standpoint epistemology, radical democratic theory, queer theory, and even science fiction. They situate Haraway's critical storytelling and "risky reading" practices as forms of feminist methodology and recognize her passionate engagement with "naturecultures" as the theoretical core driving her work. Chapters situate Haraway as critic, theorist, biologist, feminist, historian, and humorist, exploring the full range of her identities and reflecting her commitment to embodying all of these modes simultaneously.
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New Media

A Critical Introduction

Author: Martin Lister,Jon Dovey,Seth Giddings,Iain Grant,Kieran Kelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134083823

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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New Media: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies. The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life. Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject. At www.newmediaintro.com you will find: additional international case studies with online references specially created You Tube videos on machines and digital photography a new ‘Virtual Camera’ case study, with links to short film examples useful links to related websites, resources and research sites further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book links to key scholars in the field of new media.
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The Body

The Key Concepts

Author: Lisa Blackman

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847886213

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Questions around 'the body' are central to social theory. Our changing understanding of the body now challenges the ways we conceive power, ideology, subjectivity and social and cultural process. The Body: the key concepts highlights and analyses the debates which make the body central to current sociological, psychological, cultural and feminist thinking. Today, questions around the body are intrinsic to a wide range of debates - from technological developments in media and communications, to socio-cultural questions around representation, performance, class, race, gender and sexuality, to the more 'physical' concerns of health and illness, sleep, diet and eating disorders, body parts and the senses.The Body: the key concepts is the ideal introduction for any student seeking a concise and up-to-date analysis of the complex and influential debates around the body in contemporary culture.
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An Ethnography of Reproductive Tourism

Author: M. Nahman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291753

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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Michal Nahman traces different kinds of 'extraction': the practices of human egg harvesting in different national contexts; the political economic consequences of such extraction for the women involved and the ways in which this has consequences for nationalism and race or 'Israeli extraction'.
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Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism

Author: N. Gane

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137271183

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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This book explores the uses and limits of Max Weber's work for thinking sociologically about capitalism today. The books argues that through Weber, a network of concepts can be developed that can frame a sociological analysis of the present.
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Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography

Author: Sarah Brophy,Janice Hladki

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442666153

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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From reality television to film, performance, and video art, autobiography is everywhere in today’s image-obsessed age. With contributions by both artists and scholars, Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography is a unique examination of visual autobiography’s involvement in the global cultural politics of health, disability, and the body. This provocative collection looks at images of selfhood and embodiment in a variety of media and with a particular focus on bodily identities and practices that challenge the norm: a pregnant man in cyberspace, a fat activist performance troupe, indigenous artists intervening in museums, transnational selves who connect disability to war, and many more. The chapters in Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography reflect several different theoretical approaches but share a common concern with the ways in which visual culture can generate resistance, critique, and creative interventions. With contributions that investigate digital media, installation art, graphic memoir, performance, film, reality television, photography, and video art, the collection offers a wide-ranging critical account of what is clearly becoming one of the most important issues in contemporary culture.
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Embodied Selves

Author: S. Gonzalez-Arnal,G. Jagger,K. Lennon

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137283696

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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This interdisciplinary collection explores the role the body plays in constituting our sense of self, signalling the interplay between material embodiment, social meaning, and material and social conditions.
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The Politics of Protection

Sites of Insecurity and Political Agency

Author: Jef Huysmans,Andrew Dobson,Raia Prokhovnik

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134249586

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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This new book shows how from the end of the Cold War, the security agenda has been transformed and redefined, academically and politically. It focuses on the theme of protection. It moves away from the dominant question of whom or what is threatening to the crucial questions of who is to be protected, and in the case of conflicting claims, who has the capacity to define whose needs prevail. It also poses the question of political agency in relation to some of the most significant questions raised in relation to the governance of insecurity and protection in the contemporary world. The authors identify and explore issues that challenge or raise a number of questions about the traditional notion that states are to protect their citizens through retaining a monopoly over the legitimate use of violence.
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How a Continent Created a Nation

Author: Libby Robin

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9780868408910

Category: History

Page: 259

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In this book Libby Robin explores the links between nature and nation. By looking at some of those who observe the natural world most closely—including scientists, field naturalists and farmers—she tells the story of how we as a nation have come to understand our land. Having left the cultural cringe behind, settler Australians are struggling with the ‘strange nature’ of this continent. Robin suggests new ways of living in an arid and urbanized continent in times of global change, and gives hope that Australia can move beyond the biological cringe.
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Posthumanist Shakespeares

Author: S. Herbrechter,I. Callus

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137033592

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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Shakespeare scholars and cultural theorists critically investigate the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the 'human.' The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of other Shakespearean plays.
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Dub

Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae

Author: Michael Veal

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574422

Category: Music

Page: 352

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Winner of the ARSC’s Award for Best Research (History) in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music (2008) When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee “Scratch” Perry began crafting “dub” music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution that continues to have worldwide influence. Dub is a sub-genre of Jamaican reggae that flourished during reggae’s “golden age” of the late 1960s through the early 1980s. Dub involves remixing existing recordings—electronically improvising sound effects and altering vocal tracks—to create its unique sound. Just as hip-hop turned phonograph turntables into musical instruments, dub turned the mixing and sound processing technologies of the recording studio into instruments of composition and real-time improvisation. In addition to chronicling dub’s development and offering the first thorough analysis of the music itself, author Michael Veal examines dub’s social significance in Jamaican culture. He further explores the “dub revolution” that has crossed musical and cultural boundaries for over thirty years, influencing a wide variety of musical genres around the globe. Ebook Edition Note: Seven of the 25 illustrations have been redacted.
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James Tiptree, Jr.

The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Author: Julie Phillips

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 146688911X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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James Tiptree, Jr. burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Hailed as a brilliant masculine writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters, he penned such classics as Houston, Houston, Do You Read? and The Women Men Don't See. For years he corresponded with Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Ursula Le Guin. No one knew his true identity. Then the cover was blown on his alter ego: A sixty-one-year-old woman named Alice Sheldon. As a child, she explored Africa with her mother. Later, made into a debutante, she eloped with one of the guests at the party. She was an artist, a chicken farmer, a World War II intelligence officer, a CIA agent, an experimental psychologist. Devoted to her second husband, she struggled with her feelings for women. In 1987, her suicide shocked friends and fans. The James Tiptree, Jr. Award was created to honor science fiction or fantasy that explores our understanding of gender. This fascinating biography by Julie Phillips, ten years in the making, is based on extensive research, exclusive interviews, and full access to Alice Sheldon's papers.
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Philosophy Against Empire

Author: Tony Smith,Harry Van der Linden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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