At the beginning of this century, the idea that the brain is plastic (i.e. that its structure and function change throughout life) began to replace the idea that adult brains are fixed. The claim that sex differences are hardwired into the brain, however, is still frequently endorsed. Building on feminist critiques of this claim, Annelies Kleinherenbrink argues that plasticity offers a critical alternative perspective on how sex/gender comes to matter in the brain – a perspective that takes into account both discursive formation and bodily materiality.
A.V. Kleinherenbrink: The Politics of Plasticity. Sex and Gender in the 21st Century Brain.
Prof. P.P.R.W. Pisters
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