- The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory
- List of Contributors
- Feminist Theory: Transforming the Known World
- Coloniality of Gender and Power: From Postcoloniality to Decoloniality
- Cyborgs and Virtual Bodies
- Formal, Informal, and Care Economies
- Feminist Jurisprudence
- Feminist Standpoint
- Gendered Divisions of Labor
- Intersexuality, Transgender, and Transsexuality
- Microphysics of Power
- Militarization and War
- Norms and Normalization
- Performativity and Performance
- The Personal Is Political
- Pop Culture/Visual Culture
- Posthuman Feminist Theory
- Pregnancy, Personhood, and the Making of the Fetus
- Race and Racialization
- Reproduction: From Rights to Justice?
- Science Studies
- Sexual Difference
- Subjectivity and Subjectivation
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter provides an overview of the emergence and development of feminist science studies and traces its engagement with key concepts in feminist theory. First, it considers the operationalization of liberal/equal rights feminist frameworks within science and the efforts to create scientific knowledge through sex/gender analyses. Next, it examines the new materialist conversations that have changed feminist theory’s relation to matter and binaries such as sex/gender, contrasting feminist poststructuralist and feminist science studies approaches to the “material turn” in feminist theory. Finally, it considers what the insights feminist science and science and technology scholarship have gleaned from social-justice epistemologies and ethical practices contribute to feminist theory—notably, contextualized analyses that are cognizant of the formative influence of colonialism, capitalism, and neoliberal biopolitics. These diverse approaches to feminist science studies share a cosmopolitical effort to move beyond critiques of science to develop new ways of working with science.
Keywords: feminist science studies, feminist ontology, ethical practices, sex/gender binary, cosmopolitics, feminist STS, material turn, new materialism, social justice epistemologies, neoliberal biopolitics
Deboleena Roy, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University
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