Patrick Carroll

in Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932807 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the arts of government in relation to the practices of engine science and suggests that a form of “engineering governmentality” develops that cuts across and undergirds different manifestations of the modern state. It draws out the implications of the analysis in association with the specific case of Ireland and the broader question of the character of the modern state. It examines the coupling of nation and state in the modern period, suggesting that the relationship between the two is by no means essential. It details the growing expansiveness of the government of nature, its continued modern character, and the implications with respect to freedom and police power, especially in terms of public health and safety, that is biosecurity. It concludes that freedoms are inextricably bound up with the modern state and that there is little chance of life-security absent scientifically informed government.

Keywords: engine science; engineering governmentality; Ireland; modern state; coupling of nation and state; biosecurity; freedoms

Chapter.  4710 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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