SO466 Half Unit Not available in 2012/13
Race and Biopolitics
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
MSc Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies, MSc Political Sociology, MSc Sociology, MSc Human Rights, MSc Culture and Society, MSc Gender, MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation and MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities.
The course will provide both historical perspectives on the development of race and science and consider some contemporary debates on these interplay of these issues, drawing upon postcolonial perspectives that foreground intersections of race, gender and location. Throughout the course, we will critically interrogate the meaning of 'biopolitics' and the ways in which the 'bio' and the 'social' are being brought into dialogue with each other in specific areas of enquiry. Topics include Race, Science and Colonialism; Race, Gender and Eugenics; Empires and Ecologies; Biopiracy and Bioprospecting; Biosociality and Biocitizenship; New Reproductive Technologies and Kinship; Speciesism and Anthropormorphism; Biocapital and tissue trafficking; Visualising the body.
20 hours of seminars in the LT.
1 x 1000-word essay plan to be submitted in Week 8; 1 seminar presentation including submission of written materials
Anker, P(2001) Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order and the British Empire 1895-1945, Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press.
Barad, K. (2003). "Posthumanist performativity: toward an understanding of how matter comes to matter." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28(3): 801-832
Drayton, R (2000) Nature's Government. Yale University Press.
Epstein, S. (2007). Inclusion : the politics of difference in medical research. Chicago ; London, University of Chicago Press.
Foucault, M. (1978). The history of sexuality: an introduction, New York, Random House.
Franklin, S. (2007) Dolly Mixtures: The remaking of genealogy London: Duke University Press
Gibbon, S. and C. Novas (2008). Biosocialities, genetics and the social sciences: making biologies and identities. London ; New York, Routledge.
Gilroy, P. (2004). Between camps : nations, cultures and the allure of race. London, Routledge.
Hacking, I. (2005). "Why Race Still Matters." American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Winter): 102-116.
Haraway, D. J. (1997). ModestWitness@SecondMillennium.FemaleManMeetsOncoMouse : feminism and technoscience. New York, Routledge.
Kalof, L and Fitzgerald, A (2007) The Animals Reader. Oxford, Berg
Lock, M. (2001). "The Alienation of Body Tissue and the Biopolitics of Immortalized Cell Lines." Body and Society 7(2-3): 63-91.
M'charek, A. (2005). The Human Genome Diversity Project : an ethnography of scientific practice. Cambridge ; New York, NY, Cambridge University Press
Petryna, A. (2002). Life Exposed: Biological Citizens After Chernobyl. Princeton, JN, Princeton University Press.
Rabinow, P. (1996). Essays on the anthropology of reason. Princeton, N.J, Princeton University Press
Rose, N. (2007). The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century. Princeton, Princeton University Press.
Scheper-Hughes, N and Wacquant, L (eds.)( 2002) Commodifying Bodies London, New York Sage
Shiva, V and Moser, I. (eds.)( 1995 ) Biopolitics: A Feminist and Ecological Reader in Technology Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Stepan, N. Leys (1982) The Idea of Race in History. Macmillan
One 5,000 word essay (100%). Two hard copies of the essay to be submitted to the Sociology Administration Office, S219a, no later than 4.30pm on the first Thursday of ST; a third copy uploaded to Moodle.