Biological Involution?

Ticktin Miriam

in Casualties of Care

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269040
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950535 | DOI:
Biological Involution?

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This chapter examines the production of the disabled subject in France, at the intersection of the global political economy and universal regimes of care. The chapter takes an approach that questions the relationship between the will to life as biological integrity and the “will to wellness.” It takes as a starting point the idea of a willed lethal infection in order to lead a better life. The chapter focuses in the rhetoric of self-infection, because it points to a situation in which biological resources become commensurable with political resources and biological integrity can be traded in for political recognition. It draws on Paul Rabinow's concept not only to refer to a social community created by shared illness but also to indicate the way that biology is used as a flexible social resource.

Keywords: France; regimes; care; will; wellness; infection; Paul Rabinow; illness; biology

Chapter.  10728 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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