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Imagining Epigenetics:: An explorative study of transdisciplinary embodiments, and feminist entanglements
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis proposes the relevance of epigenetic research to feminist studies and gender

studies, and vice versa, and asks how epigenetics speaks to the so-called sex-gender

distinction. It also discusses what epigenetics could potentially tell us about ourselves,

and our place in a world where we are all creatures of both nature and nurture. The

author proposes that with its promise of insight into the relationship of the body to

environment and experience over time, epigenetics could be an inextricable link

between nature and nurture. Combining a modified version of diffractive analysis, and

gender/sex as an analytical device, the author engages with epigenetic research and its

representation in popular science and in the public imaginary. After discussing the

striations of feminist discourse on permeable bodies, the author proposes epigenetics as

another layer in the strata, placing epigenetics within feminist and gender studies

literature and discourse. Noting that as research gains ground the way in which the

public imagines and describes epigenetics gives shape to its materialization and

development, this thesis asserts the urgent need for social sciences, and in particular

feminist and gender studies, to engage in critical discourse

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 78 p.
Keyword [en]
Epigenetics, genetics, biomedicine, feminist science, science, nature and nurture, gender/sex, diffraction, maternal imprint
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123665ISRN: LIU THEME G/GSIC2-A-14/006-SEOAI: diva2:891369
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-06 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved

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