Re-considering the turn to biology in feminist theory

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This article argues that feminist theorists should conceive of the life sciences not only as a factual resource but also as a figural resource. It proposes that in shifting our conceptual orientation to biological science from fact to figure, feminists will be able to give theoretical life to scientific findings about the ways in which social environments and material habitats are processes integral to our development, growth, and social and political well-being. The figuration of ourselves as specifically biocultural creatures will enable feminists to gain a stronger theoretical and analytic purchase on the ongoing mutual shaping of the biological and social dimensions of existence. This, in turn, will enable feminists to creatively re-imagine the fields and fora of feminist politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-326
Number of pages20
JournalFeminist Theory
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 27 2014


  • Biology and feminism
  • embodiment
  • gender
  • nature–culture binary
  • science studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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