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In the Name of Humanity free pdf Scientists, activists, state officials, NGOs and others increasingly claim to speak and act on behalf of "humanity." The remarkable array of circumstances in which humanity is invoked testifies to the category's universal purchase. Yet what exactly does it mean to govern, fight, and care in the name of humanity? In this timely collection, leading anthropological and cultural critics grapple with that question, examining configurations of humanity in relation to biotechnologies, the natural environment, and humanitarianism and human rights. From the global pharmaceutical industry to forest conservation to International Criminal Tribunals, the domains they analyze highlight the diversity of spaces and scales at which humanity is articulated. The editors argue that ideas about humanity find concrete expression in the governing work that operationalizes those ideas to produce order, prosperity, and security. As a site of governance, humanity appears as both an object of care and a source of anxiety. Assertions that humanity is being threatened, whether by environmental catastrophe or political upheaval, provide a justification for the elaboration of new governing techniques. At the same time, humanity itself is identified as a threat (to nature, to nation, to global peace) which governance must contain. These apparently contradictory understandings of the relation of the threat to the category of humanity coexist and remain in tension, helping to maintain the dynamic co-production of governance and humanity. Contributors: Arun Agrawal- Joao Biehl- Didier Fassin- Allen Feldman- Ilana Feldman- Rebecca Hardin- S. Lochann Jain- Liisa Malkki- Adriana Petryna- Miriam Ticktin- Richard Ashby Wilson- Charles Zerner

About Ilana Feldman

Ilana Feldman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67, also published by Duke University Press. Miriam Ticktin is Assistant Professor in Anthropology and in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School.

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Author : Ilana Feldman
Publisher : Duke University Press
Data Published : 25 February 2011
ISBN : 0822348217
EAN : 9780822348214
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 392 pages
Age + : 0-1 years
Language : English
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