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Rethinking bodily citizenship in the era of reprogenetics. Insights from a comparative perspective
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8084-2045
2009 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In contrast to issues concerning bodily integrity (abortion, violence) reproductive technologies represent a topic,which has been highly controversial among feminist activists and scholars. Some regard it as an expansion of power over women´s bodies through medical expertise. Especially reprogenetics - the fusion of assisted reproductive technics and genetical knowlege - is percieved as a new form of biopower, where life itself is becoming objectified through instrumental sociotechnologies. Others welcome reproductive technologies as an extension of women´s  autonomy and right to choose, with regard to their bodies. As such reproductive technologies challenge the liberal notion of selfdetermination. Related to the classical integrity issues selfdetermination meant a "negativ" liberty right as freedom from various forms of coersion or force, when it comes to reproductive technologies, selfdetermination is linkd to a "claim right, namely to have a healthy baby. But can there be a right to have a healthy baby? Should it be an issue of state concern to satisfy the poeples yearning for children? In addition to such challenging question, reproductive technolgies profoundly destabilize central categories of the political and cultural order, on which feminist demands for bodily citizenship have rested. Drawing on sholarship from governmentality studies this paper aims to rethink the concept of  bodily citizenship.  I will discuss the fruitfullness of such an approach drawing on empirical research covering Sweden, Germany and Poland.

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2009.
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Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39135DiVA, id: diva2:1359228
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5th ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference, Potsdam, September 10-12, 2009.
Note

https://ecpr.eu/Filestore/Files/Publications/ConferenceProgrammes/Programme_GeneralConference_2009.pdf

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