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The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Hardback)
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The Brain's Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 18/03/2016
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In The Brain's Body Victoria Pitts-Taylor brings feminist and critical theory to bear on new development in neuroscience to demonstrate how power and inequality are materially and symbolically entangled with neurobiological bodies. Pitts-Taylor is interested in how the brain interacts with and is impacted by social structures, especially in regard to race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability, as well as how those social structures shape neuroscientific knowledge. Pointing out that some brain scientists have not fully abandoned reductionist or determinist explanations of neurobiology, Pitts-Taylor moves beyond debates over nature and nurture to address the politics of plastic, biosocial brains. She highlights the potential of research into poverty's effects on the brain to reinforce certain notions of poor subjects and to justify particular forms of governance, while her queer critique of kinship research demonstrates the limitations of hypotheses based on heteronormative assumptions. In her exploration of the embodied mind and the "embrained" body, Pitts-Taylor highlights the inextricability of nature and culture and shows why using feminist and queer thought is essential to understanding the biosociality of the brain.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822361077
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The Brain's Body's relevance and importance lie not only in this re-positioning of affect in neuroscience, but also in that... it deeply challenges the very presuppositions of the science itself, and how they function, in a burgeoning discipline that codifies our bodies and mind more intricately than ever before." -- Promise Li * Hong Kong Review of Books *
"[R]ather than embrace research on brain plasticity as telling an agreeable tale of human freedom, flexibility, and adaptability, Pitts-Taylor considers findings that clearly matter-the effects of childhood poverty on the neurological development of language systems-and shows just how entangled this research is with imaginings of social 'others.'" -- Steven Epstein * LA Review of Books *
"The Brain's Body is one of those books so incredibly useful for the work it does to help us understand and describe where it is we are-at a historical juncture where the stakes of feminist scientific literacy and engagement are high." -- Angela Willey * International Feminist Journal of Politics *
"This book breaks new ground in feminist studies of neuroscience. ... [Pitts-Taylor] offers a glimpse of what social neuroscience might be if it took embodiment and social relationship seriously." -- Robyn Bluhm * American Journal of Sociology *
"As we continue to wrestle with how the brain informs our sociological awareness and investigation, we will look to The Brain's Body as a blueprint to help us untangle fully the sociological usefulness, uncertainties, and risks in exploring the relationships between our brains and sociality." -- Oliver Rollins * Contemporary Sociology *
"Resonates . . . in its aim to bring a deeper political awareness to neuroscience by making difference and variation a central tenant. . . . Should be read carefully and thought about yet more carefully." -- Stephen T. Casper * Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences *
"Pitts-Taylor expertly navigates both the politically dangerous and redemptive qualities of current neuroscientific understandings of the relationship between brain, body, and society. . . . The connections she makes among a diverse body of interdisciplinary scholarship is no small feat, and more than anything reveals the importance of evolutionary ontogeny for understanding relations between brain, body, and society not as fixed and deterministic, but as plastic and contingent." -- Brandon Jones * New Genetics and Society *

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