4_race - 21A.340J/STS.075J Technology and Culture Professor...

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21A.340J/STS.075J Technology and Culture Professor Stefan Helmreich Lecture 4: Technologies of Race THEME 1: BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY The saga continues. Again, we’re asking: What cultural effects and risks follow from treating biology as technology? We looked last time at Emily Martin’s argument about how the technology of manufacture has shaped the way recent obstetrics has conceptualized the processes of reproduction and birth — and part of that argument was about gender — embodied experience of sexed bodies. Definition of gender? Sex/Gender. Today, we’re looking at what happens when some people’s bodies are treated as technological proxies or substitutes for other people’s bodies. We’re looking at what happens when racial and racist ideas about different people are used to treat some people as technologies in the service of others. Definition of race? Technologies of Race: Medical Experimentation Kapsalis, Terri. 1997. Mastering the Female Pelvis: Race and the Tools of Reproduction. In Public Privates: Performing Gynecology from Both Ends of the Speculum. Durham: Duke University Press, (pp. 31-59). Exchange your paragraphs on Martin and Kapsalis.
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