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Donna Haraway

March 13th, 2007

The following table is taken from Simians, Cyborgs and Women and illustrates various facets of society, concrete and abstract, that Haraway believes will eventually change. The left column lists the old components of hierarchical dominance; the right column lists the alternatives that will be supplied by a network of equally-valued individuals.

Representation vs. Simulation..
Bourgeois novel, realism vs. Science fiction, postmodernism…
Organism vs. Biotic component….
Depth, integrity vs Surface, boundary….
Heat vs. Noise….
Biology as clinical practice vs. Biology as inscription….
Physiology vs. Communications engineering….
Small group vs. Subsystem….
Perfection vs. Optimization….
Eugenics vs. Population control….
Decadence, Magic Mountain vs. Obsolescence, Future Shock….
Hygiene vs. Stress Management….
Microbiology, tuberculosis vs. Immunology, AIDS….
Organic division of labour vs. Ergonomics/cybernetics of labour….
Functional specialization vs. Modular construction….
Reproduction vs. Replication….
Organic sex role specialization vs. Optimal genetic strategies….
Biological determinism vs. Evolutionary inertia, constraints….
Community ecology vs. Ecosystem….
Racial chain of being vs. Neo-imperialism, United Nations humanism….
Scientific management in home vs. Global factory / electronic cottage….
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Home / market / factory vs. Women in the Integrated Circuit….
Family wage vs. Comparable worth….
Public / Private vs. Cyborg citizenship….
Nature / Culture vs. Fields of difference….
Co-operation vs. Communications enhancement….
Freud vs. Lacan….
Sex vs. Genetic engineering….
Labour vs. Robotics….
Mind vs. Artificial Intelligence….
Second World War vs. Star Wars….
White Capitalist Patriarchy vs. Informatics of Domination….

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