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A matter of embodied fact : sex hormones and the history of bodies.

Roberts, Celia (2001) A matter of embodied fact : sex hormones and the history of bodies. Feminist Theory, 3 (1). pp. 7-26.

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Abstract

Sex hormones today are seen as central to the production of biological sexual difference. This article examines the development of this scientific `fact', and asks how hormones came to be in this position. The article does not involve original historical research, however. Instead it uses existing histories of hormonal sexual difference to develop a theoretical argument about body histories. How can the history of scientific views of bodies be written and understood? What can these histories tell us about the relation between scientific representations of bodies and the materiality of bodies? Combining and critiquing arguments from feminist histories of science, Bruno Latour's actor network theory, Michel Serres's theory of folded time, and Donna Haraway's notion of situated knowledges, this article argues for the centrality of embodiment and location to useful body histories.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: actor network theory • body • endocrinology • feminist history
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24283
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 10:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24283

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