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Published: 20 January 2021

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780190917630

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Birth of the State

The Place of the Body in Crafting Modern Politics

Charlotte Epstein

  • Provides a genealogy of the modern state and subject through the lens of the human body
  • Denaturalizes the taken-for-granted structures that continue to define political life: security, liberty, and property
  • Reclaims the radical and critical potential of constructivist and constitutive theorising
  • Covers an extensive range of theoretical and empirical materials—the liberal canon, habeas corpus, the medieval corporation, Anglo-Scottish legal struggles of naturalization, the public anatomy lesson, Dutch painting, and religious practices of toleration

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