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The Microbial State


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ContentsPreface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Involutionary Politics1. Corporeal Politics2. Lively Subjects, Bodies Politic3. States in Nature, Nature in States4. Posthuman PoliticsCoda: New Metaphors for Global LivingNotesIndex

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Stefanie R. Fishel is assistant professor of political and international theory in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama.


"How do bodies matter in international relations? In The Microbial State, Stefanie R. Fishel offers up a lively, timely, scientifically-engaged, philosophically-rich, and persuasive answer to that question. This wonderfully readable and teachable book presents 'politics' as a swarm of activities immanent to a biosphere, and 'human agency' as a power profoundly entangled with the goings-on of our microbial messmates."-Jane Bennett, author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things"An important intervention that will contribute in powerful and novel ways to the ongoing debates on corporeality, materialism, and international relations. Stefanie R. Fishel's work is certain to become influential."-Mark B. Salter, editor of Making Things International 1 and Making Things International 2

"Fishel's style of is not only academic; it shares new perspectives on crossing disciplinary boundaries through IR and biology while it remains enjoyable to read. This amusing book is full of possibilities and raises even more questions when it ends."-Politics, Religion & Ideology

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