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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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States in Nature, Nature in States

States in Nature, Nature in States

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The Microbial State

Stefanie R. Fishel

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter introduces ideas and metaphors from ecological immunity and biomedicine as a way to illuminate the relationship between bodies and states. Rather than arguing that the state and the body should be separated, this chapter intervenes on this metaphorical relationship by enlivening our ideas of the “body” in the body politic.

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

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