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Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self

Bodily Natures Science Environment and the Material Self How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies What does it mean to be human in these times with bodies that are inextricably interconnected

  • Title: Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self
  • Author: Stacy Alaimo
  • ISBN: 9780253222404
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the humaHow do we understand the agency and significance of material forces and their interface with human bodies What does it mean to be human in these times, with bodies that are inextricably interconnected with our physical world Bodily Natures considers these questions by grappling with powerful and pervasive material forces and their increasingly harmful effects on the human body Drawing on feminist theory, environmental studies, and the sciences, Stacy Alaimo focuses on trans corporeality, or movement across bodies and nature, which has profoundly altered our sense of self By looking at a broad range of creative and philosophical writings, Alaimo illuminates how science, politics, and culture collide, while considering the closeness of the human body to the environment.

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    1. Wow! Stacy Alaimo’sBodily Naturesis one of the most exciting books I’ve read in a long time. She argues that we need to reassert a consideration of matter and the materiality of human bodies and the “more-than-human” world into our analysis. She advances “trans-corporeality” as the basis for a post-humanist environmental ethics which understands the human as “always intermeshed with the more-than-human world” (2). She argues that dealing with matter and bodies is necessary to fem [...]

    2. "Trans-Corporeality and Environmentalism Because trans-corporeality brings the human body into focus, it is possible to charge that it reinstalls anthropocentrism. Jhan Hochman, for instance, would probably condemn trans-corporeality as another sort of “creeping metonymy,” in which “culture invades nature by calling itself natural or part of nature” (171). Hochman asserts that “what nature needs is not a bond with culture but a separation or divorce, some autonomy, at last some protect [...]

    3. Be sure to read this book's other review, by user sdw: it's excellent. Also read Levi Bryant's appreciation.Profs, if, for some reason, your students need a handy illustration of "cultural studies," Bodily Natures will work perfectly: Alaimo ranges through high modernist fiction and poetry (Meridel Le Sueur and Muriel Rukeyser), postmodern and magical realist fiction (Watershed and So Far From God), self-published MCS memoirs, the individualist, anti-environmental politics of amniocentisis, sci [...]

    4. I really like Alaimo's writing style. Her argument, that humans and animals and all other material organisms are intimately tied to nature, is not a new one. However, she explores the subject from various epistemologies, including psychological, feminist, biological, and ecological frameworks. To me, there is a limit to the effectiveness of facts and statistics as ways to talk about (e)waste. I don’t think it helps. I think it creates fear, and fear exacerbates inaction. From this book, I am p [...]

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