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Author Weinbaum, Alys Eve, 1967- author.

Title The afterlife of reproductive slavery : biocapitalism and Black feminism's philosophy of history / Alys Eve Weinbaum
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 286 pages)
Contents Introduction: human reproduction and the slave episteme -- The surrogacy/slavery nexus -- Black feminism as a philosophy of history -- Violent insurgency, or "power to the ice pick" -- The problem of reproductive freedom in neoliberalism -- A slave narrative for postracial times -- Epilogue: the end of men and the Black womb of the world
Summary In The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery Alys Eve Weinbaum investigates the continuing resonances of Atlantic slavery in the cultures and politics of human reproduction that characterize contemporary biocapitalism. As a form of racial capitalism that relies on the commodification of the human reproductive body, biocapitalism is dependent upon what Weinbaum calls the slave episteme--the racial logic that drove four centuries of slave breeding in the Americas and Caribbean. Weinbaum outlines how the slave episteme shapes the practice of reproduction today, especially through use of biotechnology and surrogacy. Engaging with a broad set of texts, from Toni Morrison's Beloved and Octavia Butler's dystopian speculative fiction to black Marxism, histories of slavery, and legal cases involving surrogacy, Weinbaum shows how Black feminist contributions from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s constitute a powerful philosophy of history--one that provides the means through which to understand how reproductive slavery haunts the present
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American women -- Social conditions -- History
Human reproduction -- Political aspects -- United States
Slavery -- Atlantic Ocean Region
Slavery -- United States -- History.
Surrogate motherhood -- United States -- History
Womanism -- United States
Women slaves -- Atlantic Ocean Region
African American women -- Social conditions.
Human reproduction -- Political aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Surrogate motherhood.
Women slaves.
Atlantic Ocean Region.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018047129
ISBN 1478003286