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Introduction - Method and Field

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Matthew Rowlinson
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University of Western Ontario
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Michel Foucault argued that in the nineteenth century, the species became a population and became subject to political management. Foucault’s claim defines the political stakes of this book, whose point of departure is the loss of a theological ground for the species concept. As species become targets of political power, they become mutable and historically contingent. The book argues that a result is that species come to be identified with aesthetic categories and with symptomatic or unmotivated behaviors.

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Print publication year: 2024

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  • Method and Field
  • Matthew Rowlinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Book: Biopolitics and Animal Species in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009409940.002
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  • Method and Field
  • Matthew Rowlinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Book: Biopolitics and Animal Species in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009409940.002
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  • Method and Field
  • Matthew Rowlinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Book: Biopolitics and Animal Species in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science
  • Online publication: 11 January 2024
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009409940.002
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