Living With Disfigurement In Early Medieval Europe

Author: Patricia Skinner
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137544392
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Living With Disfigurement In Early Medieval Europe from the Author: Patricia Skinner. This book is open access under a CC-BY 4.0 license. This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement —for the individual, and for her or his family and community—is barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period.

Patterns Of Dissonance

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745665721
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Patterns Of Dissonance from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. This book is a brilliant and timely analysis of the complex issues raised by the relation between women and philosophy. It offers a critical account of a wide range of contemporary philosophical and feminist texts and it develops this account into an original project of critical feminist thought. Braidotti examines contemporary French philosophy as practised by men such as Foucault and Derrida, showing that they rely on a notion of 'the feminine' in order to undermine classical thought, which bears no direct relevance to the historical experience of women. Braidotti then looks at the attempts of contemporary feminist thinkers in Europe and the United States to show the gendered nature of discursive power games. She discusses the contributions of Luce Irigaray and many other feminist theorists to the understanding of sexual difference and of its implications for philosophy and politics. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in women's studies, feminist theory, social theory, cultural studies, philosophy and literature, and anyone interested in contemporary feminism and the relation between feminist theory, post-structuralism and psychoanalysis.

Gender Expertise And Information Technology

Author: Marja Vehviläinen
ISBN: 9789514440991
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Gender Expertise And Information Technology from the Author: Marja Vehviläinen. Abstract: "This book explores the interwoven construction of gender, expertise, and information technology by starting from three positions of information systems development in Finland -- male computing pioneers' autobiographical accounts, women developers' oral histories, and an office workers' study circle with related interviews -- and, fourthly, from the codes of ethics of international computing professionals' associations ACM and IFIP. By applying Dorothy Smith's theory of conceptual practices of power, information technology is understood as textuality in which texts, e.g. programs, professional journals and electronic messages, are produced and interpreted through people's particular practices and by using particular knowledges of information technology. Both practices and knowledges -- the expertise of information technology -- are organized within materially-based social relations. Gender intertwines with information technology through social practices. Gender is studied on the level of social -- often textually mediated -- relations, in terms of gendering hierarchies and divisions of labour, but also -- inspired by Donna Haraway -- at the level of subjectivity, in terms of definitions of information technology made by subjects. The second major aim of this work is to participate in the development of methodologies on gender and technology research. The study pays attention to persistently male tendencies of information technology but it looks for spaces available for women as well. The computing professions inherited strict gender hierarchies from the punched card systems of the 1950s, and those were strengthened by fraternities of former army acquaintences, in everyday practices of systems development, in public worlds of professional journals and associations, as well as within images of identity. In this setting, the view of male experts and managers gained a status of objective truth. In the 1970s and 1980s, the ideas of flexible management and work design made space for participatory approaches towards systems design. At the same time, large numbers of women entered information technology professions in Finland. Yet, that view of objective truth has not been thoroughly challenged, and there has been little room for textualities developed from women's or any other particular groups' standpoints within information technology expertise. People such as office workers can develop technologies based on their everyday life situations, and this is a real opportunity for challenging both the gendering and the expertise of technology. However, the work done in particular settings does not translate to publicly available textuality."


Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745635962
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Transpositions from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. This major new book offers a highly original account of ethical and political subjectivity in contemporary culture. It makes a strong case for a non–unitary or nomadic conception of the subject, in opposition to the claims of ideologies such as conservatism, liberal individualism and techno–capitalism. Braidotti takes a bold stand against moral universalism, while offering a vigorous defence of nomadic ethics against the charges of relativism and nihilism. She calls for a new form of ethical accountability that takes "Life" as the subject, not the object, of enquiry. This ethics is presented as a fundamental reconfiguration of our being in the world and it calls for more conceptual creativity in the production of worldviews that can better enable us to behave ethically in a technologically and globally mediated world. The nomadic ethical subject negotiates successfully the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory politics on the other. Transpositions provides an intellectually rich guide to the leading critical debates of our time and will be of great interest to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences.

Nomadic Subjects

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231153899
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Nomadic Subjects from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. For more than fifteen years, Nomadic Subjectshas guided discourse in continental philosophy and feminist theory, exploring the constitution of contemporary subjectivity, especially the concept of difference within European philosophy and political theory. Rosi Braidotti's creative style vividly renders a productive crisis of modernity. From a feminist perspective, she recasts embodiment, sexual difference, and complex concepts through relations to technology, historical events, and popular culture. This thoroughly revised and expanded edition retains all but two of Braidotti's original essays, including her investigations into epistemology's relation to the "woman question;" feminism and biomedical ethics; European feminism; and the possible relations between American feminism and European politics and philosophy. A new piece integrates Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the "becoming-minoritarian" more deeply into modern democratic thought, and a chapter on methodology explains Braidotti's methods while engaging with her critics. A new introduction muses on Braidotti's provocative legacy.


Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 9780745625768
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Metamorphoses from the Author: Rosi Braidotti. The discussions about the ethical, political and human implications of the postmodernist condition have been raging for longer than most of us care to remember. They have been especially fierce within feminism. After a brief flirtation with postmodern thinking in the 1980s, mainstream feminist circles seem to have turned their back on the staple notions of poststructuralist philosophy. Metamorphoses takes stock of the situation and attempts to reset priorities within the poststructuralist feminist agenda. Cross-referring in a creative way to Deleuze's and Irigaray's respective philosophies of difference, the book addresses key notions such as embodiment, immanence, sexual difference, nomadism and the materiality of the subject. Metamorphoses also focuses on the implications of these theories for cultural criticism and a redefinition of politics. It provides a vivid overview of contemporary culture, with special emphasis on technology, the monstrous imaginary and the recurrent obsession with 'the flesh' in the age of techno-bodies. This highly original contribution to current debates is written for those who find changes and transformations challenging and necessary. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of philosophy, feminist theory, gender studies, sociology, social theory and cultural studies.