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Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience

Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip


Popular culture in this “biological century” seems to feed on proliferating fears, anxieties, and hopes around the life sciences at a time when such basic concepts as scientific truth, race and gender identity, and the human itself are destabilized in the public eye. This book suggests that the political challenges at the intersection of life, science, and art are best addressed through a combination of artistic intervention, critical theorizing, and reflective practices. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, contributions to the book focus on the political significance of recent advances in t ... More

Keywords: popular culture, life sciences, scientific truth, race, gender identity, biological sciences, art, critical theory, cultural studies

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262042499
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beatriz da Costa, editor

Kavita Philip, editor

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1 Interview with Richard Lewontin

Gwen D’Arcangelis, Beatriz da Costa, and Kavita Philip

5 Soft Science

Rachel Mayeri

9 Labs Shut Open

Oron Catts, and Gary Cass

13 In Contradiction Lies the Hope

Abha Sur, and Samir Sur

16 Genes, Genera, and Genres

Karen Cardozo, and Banu Subramaniam

18 Uncommon Life

Eugene Thacker

20 The Politics of Rationality

E. Gabriella Coleman

21 Reaching the Limit

Beatriz da Costa

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