A Body Worth Defending: Immunity, Biopolitics, and the - download pdf or read online

By Ed Cohen

ISBN-10: 0822345188

ISBN-13: 9780822345183

ISBN-10: 0822345358

ISBN-13: 9780822345350

Biological immunity as we all know it doesn't exist till the past due 19th century. Nor does the idea that organisms protect themselves on the mobile or molecular degrees. for almost thousand years “immunity,” a felony notion invented in historical Rome, serves virtually completely political and juridical ends. “Self-defense” additionally originates in a juridico-political context; it emerges within the mid-seventeenth century, throughout the English Civil warfare, whilst Thomas Hobbes defines it because the first “natural right.” within the Eighteen Eighties and Eighteen Nineties, biomedicine fuses those political precepts into one, making a new very important functionality, “immunity-as-defense.” In A physique worthy Defending, Ed Cohen unearths the unacknowledged political, fiscal, and philosophical assumptions in regards to the human physique that biomedicine contains whilst it recruits immunity to shield the weak dwelling organism.

Inspired through Michel Foucault’s writings approximately biopolitics and biopower, Cohen lines the migration of immunity from politics and legislation into the domain names of drugs and technology. providing a family tree of the idea that, he illuminates a posh of pondering glossy our bodies that percolates via ecu political, criminal, philosophical, fiscal, governmental, clinical, and clinical discourses from the mid-seventeenth century during the 20th. He indicates that via the overdue 19th century, “the physique” actually incarnates sleek notions of personhood. during this vigorous cultural rumination, Cohen argues that by means of embracing the belief of immunity-as-defense so completely, biomedicine naturalizes the person because the privileged concentration for picking and treating disorder, thereby devaluing or obscuring techniques to therapeutic located inside groups or collectives.

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