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Rosi Braidotti - Posthuman Feminism

A bold new text by a leading feminist philosopher!

Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Utrecht University. In this important new book, she examines the implications of the posthuman turn for feminist theory and practice. She defines the posthuman turn as a convergence between posthumanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other, and she examines their complex relationship and joint impact. Braidotti claims that mainstream posthuman scholarship has neglected feminist theory, while in fact feminism is one of the precursors of the posthuman turn, through diverse social movements and political traditions. Posthuman Feminism is an analytic and creative response to contemporary conditions and a call to action. It highlights the constraints but also the potentialities available to feminist political subjects as they confront the ever-growing injustices of sexism, racism, ecocide and neoliberal capitalism.

In a context marked by the virulent return of patriarchal and white supremacist attitudes, a new generation of feminist activists are continuing the struggle: these are very feminist times. But how do these and other movements relate to the contemporary posthuman condition?

“This profound and energising book is uncannily insightful: read it as a talisman against the present and as a map out of its baleful conditions.” (Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths, University of London)

“.. astonishingly wide-ranging and characteristically impressive in its contemporary relevance. Attending closely to submerged knowledge traditions including Indigenous and Black perspectives, Braidotti enriches our understanding of both posthumanism and feminism by showing how they are mutually generative and intimately imbricated.” (Simone Bignall, University of Technology Sydney)

Table of contents


Introduction: Feminism by Any Other Name

Part I Posthuman Feminism as Critique

Chapter 1: Feminism is Not (Only) a Humanism

Chapter 2: The Critical Edge of Posthuman Feminism

Chapter 3: Decentring Anthropos: Ecofeminism Revisited

Part II Posthuman Feminism as Creation

Chapter 4: New Materialism and Carnal Empiricism

Chapter 5: Technobodies: Gene- and Gender-editing

Chapter 6: Sexuality Beyond Gender: a Thousand Little Sexes

Chapter 7: Wanting Out!

Epilogue: “Get a life!”



Paperback, published in 2021, 120 pages.



Publisher: Polity Press / ISBN: 9781509518081
Medium: Book


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