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Tactical Biopolitics : Art, Activism, and Technoscience - Beatriz Da Costa

Tactical Biopolitics

Art, Activism, and Technoscience

By: Beatriz Da Costa (Editor, Introduction by), Kavita Philip (Editor, Introduction by), Joseph Dumit (Foreword by)

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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. "Tactical Biopolitics" 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 this volume focus on the political significance of recent advances in the biological sciences and explore the possibility of public participation in scientific discourse, drawing on research and practice in art, biology, critical theory, anthropology, and cultural studies. After framing the subject in terms of both biology and art, "Tactical Biopolitics" discusses such topics as race and genetics (with contributions from leading biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins); feminist bioscience; the politics of scientific expertise; bioart and the public sphere (with an essay by artist Claire Pentecost); activism and public health (with an essay by Treatment Action Group co-founder Mark Harrington); biosecurity after 9/11 (with essays by artists' collective Critical Art Ensemble and anthropologist Paul Rabinow); and human-animal interaction (with a framing essay by cultural theorist Donna Haraway). Contributors: Gaymon Bennett, Larry Carbone, Karen Cardozo, Gary Cass, Beatriz da Costa, Oron Catts, Gabriella Coleman, Critical Art Ensemble, Gwen D'Arcangelis, Troy Duster, Donna Haraway, Mark Harrington, Jens Hauser, Kathy High, Fatimah Jackson, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan King, Richard Levins, Richard Lewontin, Rachel Mayeri, Sherie McDonald, Claire Pentecost, Kavita Philip, Paul Rabinow, Banu Subramanian, subRosa, Abha Sur, Samir Sur, Jacqueline Stevens, Eugene Thacker, Paul Vanouse, Ionat Zurr.

Scholars who concentrate on the nonscientific aspects of bioscience and biotechnology are often identified with ethical and legal scholarship focused on narrow range of issues. It is therefore refreshing to find in Tactical Biopolitics a diverse collection of essays that extend the horizon of inquiry into the meanings and impacts of bioscience and biotechnology.

-David Castle, The Quarterly Review of Biology
Tactical Biopolitics is a snapshot of the state-of-the-art at one of the farthest frontiers of interdisciplinary exploration.

-Cheryl A. Kerfeld, PLoS Biology

Series Forewordp. ix
Foreword: Biological Feedbackp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Theory and Practice: Biology as Ideologyp. 1
Interview with Richard Lewontinp. 3
Living the Eleventh Thesisp. 25
Interview with Richard Levins: On Philosophy of Sciencep. 35
Life.science.art: Curating the Book of Lifep. 41
Biotech Patronage and the Making of Homo DNAp. 43
Soft Science: Artists' Experiments in Documentary Storytellingp. 63
Observations on an Art of Growing Interestp. 83
Toward a Phenomenological Approach to Art Involving BiotechnologyJens Hauser (Curator and Media Studies Scholar)
The Biolab and the Publicp. 105
Outfitting the Laboratory of the Symbolicp. 107
Toward a Critical Inventory of BioartClaire Pentecost (Artist and Public Amateur)
The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Lifep. 125
Labs Shut Open: A Biotech Hands-on Workshop for Artistsp. 143
Race and the Genomep. 157
Selective Arrests, an Ever-Expanding DNA Forensic Database, and the Specter of an Early Twenty-First-Century Equivalent of Phrenologyp. 159
Discovering Nature, Apparently: Analogy, DNA Imaging, and the Latent Figure Protocolp. 177
The Biopolitics of Human Genetics Research and Its Application
In Contradiction Lies the Hope: Human Genome and Identity Politics
Gendered Sciencep. 219
Common Knowledge and Political Lovep. 221
Producing Transnational Knowledge, Neoliberal Identities, and Technoscientific Practice in Indiap. 243
Genes, Genera, and Genres: The NatureCulture of BioFiction in Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creationp. 269
True Life Science Fiction: Sexual Politics and the Lab Proceduralp. 289
Expertise and Amateur Sciencep. 307
Uncommon Lifep. 309
AIDS Activists and People with AIDS: A Movement to Revolutionize Research and for Universal Access to Treatmentp. 323
The Politics of Rationality: Psychiatric Survivor's Challenge to Psychiatryp. 341
Reaching the Limit: When Art Becomes Sciencep. 365
Biosecurity and Bioethicsp. 387
From Bioethics to Human Practices, or Assembling Contemporary Equipmentp. 389
How Do We Insure Security from Perceived Biological Threats?p. 401
Bioparanoia and the Culture of Controlp. 413
Critical Art Ensemble (ArtistÆs Collective)
Chinese Chickens, Ducks, Pigs, and Humans, and the Technoscientific Discourses of Global U.S. Empirep. 429
Interspecies Co-Productionp. 443
Training in the Contact Zone: Power, Play, and Invention in the Sport of Agilityp. 445
Playing with Ratsp. 465
Animal Welfare in the Laboratory: A Case Study in Secular Ethics of Human-Animal Interactionp. 479
Contributorsp. 487
Indexp. 489
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ISBN: 9780262514910
ISBN-10: 0262514915
Series: 20cfb
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 13th August 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.83