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Bodily Interventions and Intimate LabourUnderstanding Bioprecarity$
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Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526138569

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526138576

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Bioprecarity as Categorical Framing

Bioprecarity as Categorical Framing

(p.41) 2 Bioprecarity as Categorical Framing
Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour

Doris Leibetseder

Manchester University Press

The purpose of this chapter is to analyse bioprecarity in terms of two dimensions of Foucault’s biopolitics, categorization and subjectivization (Foucault 1977, 1982, 2002, 2008). With examples of the precarious lives of transpeople, especially those of colour, I engage with the conceptual arguments of Foucault), Judith Butler (1997, 2009) and Kimberlé Crenshaw (1991) regarding the relation between categorical framing and bioprecarity. The chapter explores how subjects as bodily selves are bound into population control and therefore normalized and regulated (Spade, 2011), how norms and regulations create bioprecarious situations for these bodily selves (Butler et al. 2013), the role of intersectionality (Crenshaw 1991) in creating such precarious positions and, finally, how such bioprecarity might be avoided (Lorey, 2010; Weheliye, 2014; Shotwell, 2016).

Keywords:   biopolitics, subjectivation, categorical framing, intersectionality, trans

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