Review of "Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason" by Penelope Deutscher [Book Review]

Anna Carastathis
Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research
Penelope Deutscher’s book, "Foucault’s Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason" engages with the recent interest in reproduction, futurity, failure, and negativity in queer theory, but also the historical and ongoing investments in the concept of reproduction in feminist theory as well as (US) social movements. "Foucault’s Futures" troubles the forms of subjectivation presupposed by “reproductive rights” from a feminist perspective, exploring the “contiguity” between reproductive reason and biopolitics—specifically the proximity of reproduction to death, risk, fatality, and threat: its thanatopolitical underbelly.
Keywords reproduction  biopolitics  thanatopolitics  reproductive rights  feminist theory  Michel Foucault
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