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The Biopolitics of Gender

Jemima Repo


This book provides a new and distinct approach to gender through the frameworks of biopolitics and genealogy, theorizing it as a historically specific apparatus of biopower. Through the use of a diverse mix of historical and contemporary documents, the book explores how the problematization of intersex infant genitalia in 1950s psychiatry propelled the emergence of the gender apparatus in order to socialize sexed individuals into the ideal productive and reproductive subjects of white, middle-class postwar America. The idea of gender was then directly appropriated from psychiatry by Anglo-Amer ... More

Keywords: gender, biopolitics, feminist politics, populations, psychiatry, women’s liberation, fertility rates, reproductive subjects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190256913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jemima Repo, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Politics, University of Helsinki