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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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(p.257) Conclusions
Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour

Gabriele Griffin

Doris Leibetseder

Manchester University Press

The conclusion outlines how the different chapters in the volume have contributed to elucidating the concept of bioprecarity. This involves analysing the complex entanglements created by the relationship between the body, life, the production, maintenance and application of categories, and intimate labour. These entanglements exist in a context of uneven distribution of power which means that particular social groups and individuals are rendered more bioprecarious than others through their positioning as bio-subjects. The volume shows that bioprecarity extends beyond contemporary, disenfranchised groups. It was also a key dimension of eugenicist histories, for example. At the same time however, we also indicate that bioprecarity is sometimes co-produced by those who install it and those who seek to benefit from bodily interventions and intimate labour. This means that questions of bio-citizenship needs to be addressed more widely since biotechnologization will remain a fact of contemporary life.

Keywords:   bioprecarity, bioprecariat, biosociality, biotechnologization, intimate labour, bodily intervention, subjectivation

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