Toward an Anthropology of Immunology: The Body as Nation State

Emily Martin

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    In this article I describe the main imagery currently used in popular and scientific descriptions of the immune system in the United States: the body as nation state at war over its external borders, containing internal surveillance systems to monitor foreign intruders. Although in some respects this is a boundary‐oriented, internally flat system, in other respects it contains suppressed hierarchies that draw on cultural concepts of race and gender. I suggest what kinds of ideological work such imagery may be doing and what uses people make of it. Other models of the body and immune responses that build on different imagery are described. 1990 American Anthropological Association

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)410-426
    Number of pages17
    JournalMedical Anthropology Quarterly
    Volume4
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1990

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    Anthropology
    Imagery (Psychotherapy)
    Allergy and Immunology
    nation state
    anthropology
    surveillance
    Immune System
    gender
    Imagery
    Immunology
    Nation-state

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    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Anthropology

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    Toward an Anthropology of Immunology : The Body as Nation State. / Martin, Emily.

    In: Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1990, p. 410-426.

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