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Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour: Understanding Bioprecarity

Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder


This volume is concerned with the ways in which bioprecarity, here understood as the vulnerabilization of people as embodied selves, is created through regulations and norms that encourage individuals to seek or provide bodily interventions of different kinds. We explore this in particular in relation to intimacy and intimate labour, such as in the making of families and kin and in various forms of care work. Advances in biotechnology, medical tourism, and the visibilization of minoritized communities have resulted in unsettling the norms around the gendered body, intimate relations and intima ... More

Keywords: bioprecarity, intimate labour, categorical framing, identity categories, body, kinship, assisted reproductive technologies, queer kinship, race and gender

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526138569
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526138576


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriele Griffin, editor
Uppsala University

Doris Leibetseder, editor
Uppsala University

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Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

Part I Theorizing Bioprecarity and the Body

Part II Precarity in the Making of Kin

Part III Bioprecarity and Bodies as Pieces

8 Bodily Disrepair

Nancy Worthington

Part IV Bioprecarity in the Transgression of Boundaries of Intimacy

Part V Bioprecarity and Eugenicist Histories

11 ‘My Body, My Self’

Katarina Pirak Sikku and Gabriele Griffin


Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

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