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ISBN-10: 1478001518
ISBN-13: 9781478001515
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 12/28/2018
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H

Infrahumanisms: Science, Culture, and the Making of Modern Non/personhood

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In Infrahumanisms Megan H. Glick considers how conversations surrounding nonhuman life have impacted a broad range of attitudes toward forms of human difference such as race, sexuality, and health. She examines the history of human and nonhuman subjectivity as told through twentieth-century scientific and cultural discourses that include pediatrics, primatology, eugenics, exobiology, and obesity research. Outlining how the category of the human is continuously redefined in relation to the infrahuman-a liminal position of speciation existing between the human and the nonhuman-Glick reads a number of phenomena, from early twentieth-century efforts to define children and higher order primates as liminally human and the postwar cultural fascination with extraterrestrial life to anxieties over AIDS, SARS, and other cross-species diseases. In these cases the efforts to define a universal humanity create the means with which to reinforce notions of human difference and maintain human-nonhuman hierarchies. In foregrounding how evolving definitions of the human reflect shifting attitudes about social inequality, Glick shows how the consideration of nonhuman subjectivities demands a rethinking of long-held truths about biological meaning and difference.

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"Infrahumanisms is an ambitious book that shows the applicability of the term 'infrahuman' to a wide range of historical contexts and highlights how these relate to constructions of sexual, racial, gender, and bodily difference.... Offering analyses of an impressive range of twentieth-century scientific and cultural phenomena, from the emergence of primatology to extraterrestrial sightings in the postwar era and contemporary xenotransplantation, Infrahumanisms will be of interest to scholars working in the history of sexuality, critical race studies, animal studies, medical humanities, and science studies."–Ina Linge "Journal of the History of Sexuality" (9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
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ISBN-10: 1478001518
ISBN-13: 9781478001515
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 12/28/2018
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H
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