A Body Worth Defending: Immunity, Biopolitics, and the by Ed Cohen PDF

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 overdue 19th century. Nor does the basis that organisms safeguard themselves on the mobile or molecular degrees. for almost thousand years “immunity,” a felony proposal 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, in the course of the English Civil conflict, whilst Thomas Hobbes defines it because the first “natural right.” within the Eighteen Eighties and Nineties, biomedicine fuses those political precepts into one, making a new very important functionality, “immunity-as-defense.” In A physique worthy Defending, Ed Cohen finds the unacknowledged political, fiscal, and philosophical assumptions in regards to the human physique that biomedicine comprises while it recruits immunity to defend the susceptible dwelling organism.

Inspired by way of Michel Foucault’s writings approximately biopolitics and biopower, Cohen strains the migration of immunity from politics and legislation into the domain names of medication and technological know-how. supplying a family tree of the concept that, he illuminates a posh of considering glossy our bodies that percolates via ecu political, felony, philosophical, monetary, governmental, medical, and clinical discourses from the mid-seventeenth century during the 20th. He exhibits that through the overdue 19th century, “the physique” actually incarnates sleek notions of personhood. during this energetic cultural rumination, Cohen argues that via embracing the assumption of immunity-as-defense so completely, biomedicine naturalizes the person because the privileged concentration for picking and treating sickness, thereby devaluing or obscuring methods to therapeutic located inside groups or collectives.

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