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Microbial Geopolitics: Living with Danger and the Future of Security.

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Title:Microbial Geopolitics: Living with Danger and the Future of Security.
Authors:Du Plessis, Gitte M.
Contributors:Political Science (department)
Date Issued:Aug 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Taking its departure in a global intensification of infectious diseases, this dissertation tracks
the geopolitical effects of microbial conduct to see what a microbial perspective on
international relations can teach us about threat and security. Through analyses of biological
weapons, microbial bordering, childhood malnutrition, and antibiotic resistance, I conclude
that dominant security strategies of risk elimination, and especially the flawed premises of
human mastery that these security logics rely on, carry significant dangers of their own. How
can international security be informed by an acknowledgement that humans are unable to
control their environments? Following my new materialist commitment, I suggest new
affirmative security politics of diversity and nurturing that require new relationships to risk
and danger, and also find myself forced to reflect on how best to affirm life and death while
accepting that microbes will not save us all, and that we have never been sovereign over the
mutational character of biology itself.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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