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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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Lively Subjects, Bodies Politic

Lively Subjects, Bodies Politic

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The Microbial State

Stefanie R. Fishel

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter demonstrates that the relationship between humans and their commensal bacteria can help International Relations acknowledge and respect multiple perspectives and actors as vital to both politics and to our survival; being human may be less about our individuality and uniqueness than it is about our inter- and intra-dependence on multiple species.

Keywords:   body politic, biopolitics, bacteria, social theory, microbes, biome, state security, ecology

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