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Body Politic: Political Metaphor and Political Violence
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Body Politic: Political Metaphor and Political Violence
Body Politic Authors: A. D. Harvey
Pages: 135
ISBN: 978-1-8471-8272-2
Publication Date: 2007
Format: Hardcover
Availability: In Stock
List Price in USD: $38.99
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The idea that there is an analogy between the social collective and the human body originated more than 25 centuries ago. It was known to Plato and St. Paul, was adopted by state functionaries in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and became a metaphor adapted by sociologists and other academics in the 19th Century.

In the 20th Century, this notion was taken up by military theorists and contributed to the formulation of new strategic doctrines. It has resurfaced again in the IT era. At each stage, the idea has been elaborated and given new emphases. For two millennia, it has been part of the vocabulary in which successive generations have articulated their ideas about society.

Readers of the Library of Social Science Newsletters are aware that our research institute has spent a great deal of energy exploring the relationship between the human body and the body politic. This important study traces the history of this idea from its inception, particular in its relationship to the real world of political and military action. Harvey notes that in the 20th Century, the idea of the body politic offered a program for action—being appropriated by leaders who had the means of destroying the state.

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Body Politic: Political Metaphor and Political Violence

Table of Contents


  • Chapter One - Aesop and Others
  • Chapter Two - Roman Empire to Renaissance
  • Chapter Three - The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
  • Chapter Four - Attacking the Head
  • Chapter Five - Seizing Control of the Body
  • Chapter Six - The Nineteenth Century
  • Chapter Seven - War on the Brain
  • Chapter Eight - War on the Body
  • Chapter Nine - Now and Tomorrow


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