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This book investigates the continuing resonances of Atlantic slavery in the cultures and politics of human reproduction that characterize contemporary biocapitalism. Alys Eve Weinbaum outlines biocapitalism as a form of racial capitalism that relies on the commodification of the human reproductive body, which is dependent upon what Weinbaum calls the slave episteme. In addition to laying out how to conceptually think of this system, Weinbaum also demonstrates how slave epistemes shape the practice of reproduction today, for example through the use of biotechnology and surrogacy. Interestingly, Weinbaum also links her analysis to black feminist contributions from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, which she argues provide the means through which to understand how reproductive slavery haunts the present.
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