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The Global Biopolitics of the IUDHow Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies$
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Chikako Takeshita

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016582

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016582.001.0001

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Diffracting the Technoscientific Body: A Conclusion

Diffracting the Technoscientific Body: A Conclusion

(p.163) 6 Diffracting the Technoscientific Body: A Conclusion
The Global Biopolitics of the IUD

Chikako Takeshita

The MIT Press

This chapter summarizes the key findings and considers how feminists might engage with the heterogeneity of meanings inherent in politically versatile technologies and builds a multidimensional movement that supports progressive agendas. It illustrates that constructing and obscuring differences among women, as well as concurrently appropriating and obliterating their agencies, were the two most important mechanisms that enabled diverse biopolitical agendas to become integral to intrauterine device (IUD). It suggests that the technoscientific body of an IUD user is an amalgamation of the heterogeneous constructions of bodies generated at various knowledge-power nexuses. This chapter believes that feminists must be willing to engage multiple agendas that empower diversely situated women.

Keywords:   intrauterine device, technoscientific body, feminists, women, biopolitical agendas

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