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Critique Essay Natural Sciences Nonfiction Theory

Interdependent ecological transsex: Notes on re/production, “transgender” fish, and the management of populations, species, and resources

By Bailey Kier, 2010

Through a consideration of the politics of thinking about classificatory infrastructures, this essay questions whether the categories of sex/gender/sexuality, human/animal, and nature/culture are the best ways to understand the unfolding reorganizations of re/production that (post)industrialization, biotechnology and the emerging bioeconomy implicate. It argues for a re/productive orientation as a partial and incomplete step in devising knowledge about the systemic interconnections of living things, resources, populations, and species. As specific examples, it considers immunological re/productive medicine and the recent emergence of transgender fish as bodies and populations tying all humans and living systems together in the potentialities of what I will call “shared interdependent transsex.”

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