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A body worth defending : immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body, Ed Cohen

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A body worth defending : immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body
Title
A body worth defending
Title remainder
immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body
Statement of responsibility
Ed Cohen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Biological immunity as we know it does not exist until the late nineteenth century. Nor does the premise that organisms defend themselves at the cellular or molecular levels. For nearly two thousand years "immunity," a legal concept invented in ancient Rome, serves almost exclusively political and juridical ends. "Self-defense" also originates in a juridico-political context; it emerges in the mid-seventeenth century, during the English Civil War, when Thomas Hobbes defines it as the first "natural right." In the 1880s and 1890s, biomedicine fuses these two political precepts into one, creating a new vital function, "immunity-as-defense." In A Body Worth Defending, Ed Cohen reveals the unacknowledged political, economic, and philosophical assumptions about the human body that biomedicine incorporates when it recruits immunity to safeguard the vulnerable living organism
Cataloging source
NcD/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cohen, Ed
Index
index present
LC call number
QR185.2
LC item number
.C64 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2009 L-492
  • QW 540
NLM item number
C678b 2009
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Immunity
  • Human body
  • Biopolitics
  • Medicine
  • Immunity
  • Human Body
  • Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Immunität (Medizin)
  • Immunität (Recht)
  • Bedeutungswandel
  • Immuniteit
  • Menselijk lichaam
  • Geneeskunde
  • Biopolitics
  • Human body
  • Immunity
  • Medicine
  • Bedeutungswandel
  • Immunität
  • Immunität
Label
A body worth defending : immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body, Ed Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Living before and beyond the law, or a reasonable organism defends itself -- A body worth having, or a system of natural governance -- A policy called milieu, or the human organism's vital space -- Incorporating immunity, or the defensive poetics of modern medicine -- Conclusion : immune communities, common immunities
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 372 p.
Isbn
9780822345350
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009022399
System control number
  • (OCoLC)319499249
  • (OCoLC)ocn319499249
Label
A body worth defending : immunity, biopolitics, and the apotheosis of the modern body, Ed Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Living before and beyond the law, or a reasonable organism defends itself -- A body worth having, or a system of natural governance -- A policy called milieu, or the human organism's vital space -- Incorporating immunity, or the defensive poetics of modern medicine -- Conclusion : immune communities, common immunities
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 372 p.
Isbn
9780822345350
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009022399
System control number
  • (OCoLC)319499249
  • (OCoLC)ocn319499249

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