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Disability and the PosthumanBodies, Technology and Cultural Futures$
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Stuart Murray

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621648

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621648.001.0001

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Design, Engineering and Gendering the Disabled Body

Design, Engineering and Gendering the Disabled Body

(p.73) Chapter Two Design, Engineering and Gendering the Disabled Body
Disability and the Posthuman

Stuart Murray

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the ways technologized bodies are designed and engineered, and especially how these processes are gendered. It argues that it is vital to understand the logic and techniques of design and engineering given that many disability experiences are produced through the intersection between body and technology, and the chapter analyses science and speculative fiction and film in which artificial, robotic and cyborg bodies are designed and produced, outlining how this production needs to be understood through a disability lens. The chapter will focus on texts where women are engineered, but also where they undertake the engineering; it also asserts that a disability-inflected conception of female engineering animates contemporary cultural production, highlighting the ideas of subject and community this produces.

Keywords:   Disability, Technology, Engineering, Gender, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Contemporary Film

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