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Emergent Postgenomic Bodies and Their (Non)Scalable Environments

  • Megan Warin
  • Aryn Martin

Abstract

The environment is an oft-cited term in postgenomics, ranging from references to environmental epigenetics in diverse geographical locations and historical times, to microbial habitats, intrauterine environments and maternal and molecular landscapes. Rather than approach the environment as a separate entity that interacts with others, in this chapter we draw upon Karen Barad’s concept of intra-action and Anna Tsing’s discussion of scales to rethink how enactments of environments emerge in different contexts. Through case studies of reproduction (fetal origins and microchimerism), we offer different contexts for rearticulating environments, not only in terms of the limits of binaries (nature/nurture, self/other and time and space) but also in terms of the dangers of scalability and postgenomic capacities to reduce the environment to individual risk in gendered and sexed bodies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan Warin
    • 1
  • Aryn Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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