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The Microbial State: Global Thriving and the Body Politic

Stefanie R. Fishel


For three centuries the rational and disembodied state has been animated by one of the most powerful metaphors in politics: the body-politic, a claustrophobic and bounded image of the collective, the state, the nation, of the sovereign alienated among sovereigns. Drawing sources from continental philosophy, science and technology studies and world politics, this pathbreaking book challenges the body-politic on the grounds of its materiality. Just as the human body is not whole and separate from other bodies, but populated by microbes, bacteria, water and radioactive isotopes, Stefanie Fishel a ... More

Keywords: body politic, biopolitics, bacteria, social theory, microbes, biome, state security, ecology, science and technology studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517900137
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517900137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanie R. Fishel, author
University of Alabama