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Blood SugarRacial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America$
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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696178

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696178.001.0001

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Metabolic Insurrection

Metabolic Insurrection

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(p.109) Conclusion Metabolic Insurrection
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Blood Sugar
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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816696178.003.0007

Contrary to the biopolitical logic of metabolic syndrome, human metabolism is not, and has never been, a strictly biological phenomenon. Rather, metabolism is a site for the kind of biopolitics that simultaneously manufactures health problems and their remedies, deploys race as a way of concealing inequality, and constructs powerful ideas like metabolic syndrome to sever the relationship between body and society. The chapter shows how the arguments presented contribute to and develop the existing critical research on scientific racism, color blindness, and biopolitics. If, as a society, we decided to invest in the sustainable production of foods that promote good metabolic health, as opposed to more and more killer applications, perhaps the politics of metabolism could begin to establish a context for human flourishing.

Keywords:   biopolitics, health problems, metabolic syndrome, inequality, color blindness, scientific racism, politics of metabolism, sustainability

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