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The Microbial StateGlobal Thriving and the Body Politic$
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Stefanie R. Fishel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517900137

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517900137.001.0001

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Involutionary Politics

Involutionary Politics

(p.1) Introduction Involutionary Politics
The Microbial State

Stefanie R. Fishel

University of Minnesota Press

I left no one at the door, I invited all;

The thief, the parasite, the mistress—these above all I called—­

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

International Relations needs a bigger vocabulary. This claim does not mean that we need a more specialized language or theoretical jargon, but rather new words and concepts that explain the world with greater clarity. It means, as in the epigraph by Whitman above, we open our door to those who have been excluded or ignored at both a disciplinary level and a worldly one. We can invite guests from other disciplines or redraw the intellectual history of International Relations (IR) and reuse it for a new era of global or, more hopefully, planetary politics. This could begin simply with giving up the title “International Relations.” This discipline and the world it explains are more than, and less than, relations between nations. The familiar IR view of states and their corresponding nations obfuscates the challenges facing human communities in what has become an epoch named after human alterations to our planetary ecosystems, dubbed the Anthropocene....

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