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    From Reproductive Work to Regenerative Labour: The Female Body and the Stem Cell Industries.Melinda Cooper & Catherine Waldby - 2010 - Feminist Theory 11 (1):3-22.
    The identification and valorization of unacknowledged, feminized forms of economic productivity has been an important task for feminist theory. In this article, we expand and rethink existing definitions of labour, in order to recognize the essential economic role women play in the stem cell and regenerative medicine industries, new fields of biomedical research that are rapidly expanding throughout the world. Women constitute the primary tissue donors in the new stem cell industries, which require high volumes of human embryos, oöcytes, foetal (...)
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    Pre-Empting Emergence.Melinda Cooper - 2006 - Theory, Culture and Society 23 (4):113-135.
    This article looks at the increasing prominence of bioterrorist threat scenarios in recent US foreign policy. Germ warfare, it argues, is being depicted as the paradigmatic threat of the post-Cold War era, not only because of its affinity for cross-border movement but also because it blurs the lines between deliberate attack and spontaneous natural catastrophe. The article looks at the possible implications of this move for understandings of war, strategy and public health. It also seeks to contextualize the US’s growing (...)
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    Turbulent Worlds.Melinda Cooper - 2010 - Theory, Culture and Society 27 (2-3):167-190.
    Focusing on the speculative methodologies used to generate models of the financial and meteorological future, this article develops a series of theses on the ‘evental’ and ‘atmospheric’ quality of contemporary power. What is at stake in the circulation of capital today, I argue, is not so much the exchange of equivalents as the universal transmutability of fluctutation. Whether we are dealing with the turbulence of world financial markets or that of complex earth systems, the non-dialectical relation can itself be extracted, (...)
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    Resuscitations: Stem Cells and the Crisis of Old Age.Melinda Cooper - 2006 - Body and Society 12 (1):1-23.
    This article looks at the history of the stem cell as an experimental life-form and situates it within the context of biological theories of cellular ageing which emerged in the 1960s, under the banner of ‘biogerontology’. The field of biogerontology, I argue, is crucially concerned not only with the internal limits to a cell's lifespan, but also with the possibility of overcoming limits. Hence, the sense of ‘revolution’ that has surrounded the isolation of human embryonic stem cells. The article goes (...)
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  5. The Pharmacology of Distributed Experiment – User-Generated Drug Innovation.Melinda Cooper - 2012 - Body and Society 18 (3-4):18-43.
    It is a commonplace of the critical innovation literature that experiment has replaced mass production as the driving force of accumulation. But while many theorists have explored the politics and dynamics of such economies of experiment under the rubric of ‘immaterial’, cognitive or affective labour, few have examined the intersection of labour, experiment and the speculative in the clinic. Taking the clinic as representative of contemporary transformations in the commodity-form, labour and innovation, this article will look at recent attempts to (...)
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    Regenerative Pathologies: Stem Cells, Teratomas and Theories of Cancer. [REVIEW]Melinda Cooper - 2009 - Medicine Studies 1 (1):55-66.
    What is now familiarly referred to as the ‘embryonic stem (ES) cell’ is a recent biological category whose origins lie in research into benign and malignant teratomas carried out in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In these studies, the question of the normal or pathological character of the ES cell was a matter of considerable debate and indeed the term ES cell was often used interchangeably with that of the embryonal carcinoma (EC) cell. This article argues that the indecisiveness of (...)
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    Orientalism in the Mirror.Melinda Cooper - 2008 - Theory, Culture and Society 25 (6):25-49.
    This article reflects on the convergence of revolutionary anti-capitalism and moral fundamentalism in the contemporary Islamic revival. It is concerned more generally with the recurrent appeal to fundamental value — of a sexual, genealogical or economic kind — in the history of anti-imperial and anti-capitalist movements. Exploring the tradition of Islamist philosophies of finance, the article suggests that Islamic political theology is unique in its ability to separate absolute law from territory. Transgressing the boundaries of nation-state postcolonialism, it thereby relocates (...)
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    The Living and the Dead: Variations on de Anima.Melinda Cooper - 2002 - Angelaki 7 (3):81 – 104.
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    The Theology of Emergency: Welfare Reform, US Foreign Aid and the Faith-Based Initiative.Melinda Cooper - 2015 - Theory, Culture and Society 32 (2):53-77.
    This article addresses the rise of faith-based emergency relief by examining the US President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS, a public health intervention focused on the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. It argues that the theological turn in humanitarian aid serves to amplify ongoing dynamics in the domestic politics of sub-Saharan African states, where social services have assumed the form of chronic emergency relief and religious organizations have come to play an increasingly prominent role in the provision of such services. In (...)
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    The Alt-Right: Neoliberalism, Libertarianism and the Fascist Temptation.Melinda Cooper - forthcoming - Theory, Culture and Society:026327642199944.
    There is by now broad consensus in the critical literature that neoliberalism and social conservatism have frequently coexisted in practice. Yet the alt-right fits none of the previously identified alliances: this is not the neoliberal neoconservatism of the Reagan and Bush years, nor the neoliberal communitarianism of the Third Way, nor even a form of neoliberal authoritarianism. Instead, the alt-right claims intellectual descent from economic libertarianism, on the one hand, and paleo- conservatism on the other. This paper traces the contours (...)
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  11. Agamben, Deleuze and the Politics of the Unborn.Melinda Cooper - 2009 - In Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook & Patrick Hanafin (eds.), Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures. Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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  12. Michael Dillon and Julian Reid, The Liberal Way of War: Killing to Let Live.Melinda Cooper - 2010 - Radical Philosophy 160:51.
     
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    Transgenic Life: Controlling Mutation.Melinda Cooper - 2001 - Theory and Event 5 (3).
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    Fondations Liquides.Melinda Cooper & Priscilla De Roo - 2018 - Multitudes 71 (2):46.
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