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Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England
This book examines the overlap between early modern English attitudes to disease and to society and explores the cultural meaning of the image of the body at the interfaces of medicine, morality and politics in Tudor and early Stuart England. In particular, it demonstrates how the body politic's metaphorical "cankers" and "plagues" were increasingly attributed to allegedly ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1998)
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Best book I read all year. Seriously. Requires some pre-reading coffee to maintain the focus (Can we get some better editors for academics?) but it's well worth the patience. Traces the parallel evolution of concepts of disease and nationhood through the early modern period. And helps open your eyes to current retardation in conceptualizing nation state borders and disease (AIDS came from them Africans, right?) Reminded me of Bruno Latour's We Have Never Been Modern.