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Abstract Sex : Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy Series - Luciana Parisi

Abstract Sex

Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy Series


Published: 23rd April 2004
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Abstract Sex investigates the impact of advances in contemporary science and information technology on conceptions of sex. Evolutionary theory and the technologies of viral information transfer, cloning and genetic engineering are changing the way we think about human sex, reproduction and the communication of genetic information. Sex is no longer a linear proces or a private act. It is now central to the proliferating world of cyber-capitalism. Humankind has entered a time of molecular sex, when information is traded not only across sexes but across species and between humans and machines. Abstract Sex presents a philosophical exploration of this new world of sexual, informatic and capitalistic multiplicity, and of the accelerated mutation of nature and culture. Luciana Parisi is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Cultures in the Department of Cultural Studies, University of East London.

'...Her vision, and it is a vision, is literally a molecular one in which sex is instantiated in any number of biologically, cultutally and technologically define assemblages...Abstract Sex does a good job of developing a productive critique of the anthropomorphic assumptions of much theorising about sex and gender and its technique of magnifying the place of sex and reproduction onto every stratum of nature-culture is a useful reminder of the relatively limited place of human sex across life forms.'--Sanford Lakoff "I deeply appreciate Parisi's vigorous and unapologetic engagement with scientific theories and evidence." -Myra J. Hird, Feminist Studies, Vol. 35, Summer 2009

Diagramp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Abstract Sexp. 1
Virtual Sexp. 5
Introductionp. 5
The bio-technological impactp. 7
Abstract sexp. 13
Stratificationp. 18
The essence of a bodyp. 27
Microfeminine particle-forcesp. 32
Symbiotic Sexp. 45
Introductionp. 45
Genealogical differencep. 46
Cracks on the organic stratap. 57
Nucleic expressionp. 65
Symbiosexp. 81
Parthenogenic Sexp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Disciplinary entropyp. 92
Organic capitalp. 102
Sex and death: the media of fluid reproductionp. 110
Mutant sexp. 115
Biodigital Sexp. 127
Introductionp. 127
The thresholdp. 130
Machinic capitalp. 138
The schizophrenic eggp. 155
Incorporeal transformationsp. 167
Hypernature: A diagram of molecular modificationsp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Microbial sexp. 173
Aquatic sexp. 177
Turbo sexp. 185
Hypernaturep. 189
Microfeminine warfarep. 194
Glossaryp. 204
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 222
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ISBN: 9780826469908
ISBN-10: 0826469906
Series: Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 23rd April 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1