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Body DriftButler, Hayles, Haraway$
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Arthur Kroker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679157

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679157.001.0001

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Epilogue: Bodies and Power

Epilogue: Bodies and Power

(p.137) Epilogue: Bodies and Power
Body Drift

Arthur Kroker

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter summarizes the thoughts of Butler, Hayles, and Haraway. It says that while each writer may have begun with a specific problematic—gender construction for Butler, the entwinement of cybernetics and feminism for Haraway, and the paradoxical status of order and chaos for Hayles—the thematics of all three have increasingly converged on critical analysis of different bodily inflections in contemporary society. The chapter also speculates on the future of body drift. It concludes that while the future of the posthuman body can no more be predicted with any certainty than the posthuman future itself, one thing remains definite. Our multiple bodies, our breached genders, our indeterminate sexualities, our nameless pleasures, our proliferating identities will always follow pathways into the future figured by the contingent, the complex, and the hybrid.

Keywords:   Judith Butler, Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, body drift

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