Sexing Drugs, Refracting Discourses

  • Ericka Johnson


This book has discussed the way pharmaceuticals can produce sex/gender and be sexed/gendered in many different contexts. It presents empirical cases, covering pharmaceuticals on both ends of the adult subject and sex/gender in many different contexts. As such, it is an attempt to show the productive benefits of applying feminist technoscience studies’ theoretical tools about material-discursive entanglements and subjectivity to pharmaceutical studies and the political traction this can produce.


Subject Position Healthy Subjectivity Medical Guideline Intergenerational Relationship Injured Body 
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  • Ericka Johnson
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  1. 1.Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social ChangeLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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