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Contagion and the national body : the organism metaphor in American thought

Author: Gerald V O'Brien
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018. ©2018
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"Drawing on the work of George Lakoff, this book provides a detailed analysis of the organism metaphor, which draws an analogy between the national or social body and a physical body. With attention to the manner in which this metaphor conceives of various sub-groups as either beneficial or detrimental to the (social) body's overall functioning, the author examines the use of this metaphor to view marginalized  Read more...
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O'Brien, Gerald V.
Contagion and the national body.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017053330
(OCoLC)1012342819
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald V O'Brien
ISBN: 9781351394086 1351394088 9781315141633 1315141639 9781351394093 1351394096
OCLC Number: 1031957018
Description: 1 online resource (x, 137 pages)
Contents: Introduction to metaphor theory and its use in public policy --
Overview of the organism metaphor --
Brief overview of relevant alarm periods --
Diagnosis and categorization of "otherness" --
Metaphoric disease-making --
Penetration of the social body --
Transmission throughout and decay of the social body --
Metaphorical public health responses --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Gerald V. O'Brien.

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"Drawing on the work of George Lakoff, this book provides a detailed analysis of the organism metaphor, which draws an analogy between the national or social body and a physical body. With attention to the manner in which this metaphor conceives of various sub-groups as either beneficial or detrimental to the (social) body's overall functioning, the author examines the use of this metaphor to view marginalized sub-populations as invasive or contagious entities that need to be treated in the same way as harmful bacteria or pathogens. Analyzing the organism metaphor as it was employed in the service of social injustice through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the United States, Contagion and the National Body focuses on the alarm eras of the restrictive immigration period (1890-1924), the agitation against Chinese and Japanese populations on the West Coast, the eugenic period's targeting of feeble-minded persons and other "defectives," periods of anti-Semitism, the anti-Communist movements, and various forms of racial animosity against African-Americans."--Provided by publisher.

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