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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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Posthuman Politics

Posthuman Politics

(p.98) 4 Posthuman Politics
The Microbial State

Stefanie R. Fishel

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter uses the posthuman to envision a creative identity based on complexity and cooperation, rather than the transcendent, unilinear arguments based on natural selection. In these metaphors, the ontology supported is one that renders multiple agents as worthy of care and regard by understanding the place of difference—not as threatening, but necessary.

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

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