Haraway 1986

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border wars in modernity, breakdown in relations

“3 crucial boundary breakdowns”:

  • separation between human and animal
  • distinction between animal-human (organism) and machine
  • boundary between physical and non-physical

“antagonistic dualisms” that order Western discourse

  • self/other
  • culture/nature
  • male/female
  • civilized/primitive
  • right/wrong
  • truth/illusion
  • total/partial
  • God/man

binaries are in competition with each other, operate by way of domination

“a cyborg world might be about lived social and bodily realities in which people are not afraid of their joint kinship with animals and machines, not afraid of permanently partial identities and contradictory standpoints” (519)

feminism and progressive politics have operated by way of trying to return us to some essence — Woman as goddess, Nature as “mother earth” — “But there has been a growing recognition of another response through coalition — affinity, not identity” (519)

Chela Sandoval’s work leveraging the term “women of color” — “This identity marks out a self-consciously constructed space that cannot affirm the capacity to act on the basis of natural identification, but only on the basis of conscious coalition, of affinity, of political kinship.” (520)