Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology

Undoing Monogamy The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U S science and culture propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptua

  • Title: Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology
  • Author: Angela Willey
  • ISBN: 9780822361596
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselvesIn Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey offers a radically interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of monogamy in U.S science and culture, propelled by queer feminist desires for new modes of conceptualization and new forms of belonging She approaches the politics and materiality of monogamy as intertwined with one another such that disciplinary ways of knowing themselves become an object of critical inquiry Refusing to answer the naturalization of monogamy with a naturalization of nonmonogamy, Willey demands a critical reorientation toward the monogamy question in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities The book examines colonial sexual science, monogamous voles, polyamory, and the work of Alison Bechdel and Audre Lorde to show how challenging the lens through which human nature is seen as monogamous or nonmonogamous forces us to reconsider our investments in coupling and in disciplinary notions of biological bodies.

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    1. The introduction and the first three chapters were pretty good, interesting, and well-formulated. She interacts most with "the politics of science" in the second chapter, which includes her ethnography at the lab studying the "monogamy gene." In the fourth chapter, I think she gets bogged down in summary of Bechdel's work to the point that it obscures her "dyke ethics" of friendship/antimonogamy. She seems to do a lot of the critical work for this through Bechdel, so the summary is necessary; bu [...]

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