Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bodily Interventions and Intimate LabourUnderstanding Bioprecarity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526138569

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526138576

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 16 May 2022

Intimate Labour and Bioprecarity

Intimate Labour and Bioprecarity

(p.21) 1 Intimate Labour and Bioprecarity
Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour

Gabriele Griffin

Manchester University Press

This chapter elaborates the notion of bioprecarity as it is utilized in this volume by drawing on three theoretical concepts which have not been ‘thought together’ before. They are intimate labour as discussed in Boris and Salazar Parreñas’ work (2010); bios, as understood in Michel Foucault’s writings (2008); and precarity as originally developed in France in the 1970s, then taken up by Judith Butler (2004) in the context of war, terrorism, survival and grievable lives, and popularized in the relation to new forms of labour by Guy Standing (2011). The chapter develops these three concepts in the context of bodily interventions prompted by opportunities for bodily labour, meaning labour on and with the body, in order to investigate bioprecarity, a new form of vulnerability which is associated with providing and seeking intimate bodily labour in cross-cultural contexts.

Keywords:   bioprecarity, intimate labour, bios, bodily labour, vulnerability

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.