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A Body Worth Defending: Immunity, Biopolitics, and the Apotheosis of the Modern Body
by Ed Cohen
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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 16th 2009 by Duke University Press Books
(first published September 1st 2009)
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