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Contagion and the national body : the organism metaphor in American thought, Gerald V. O'Brien

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Contagion and the national body : the organism metaphor in American thought
Title
Contagion and the national body
Title remainder
the organism metaphor in American thought
Statement of responsibility
Gerald V. O'Brien
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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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O'Brien, Gerald V.,
Dewey number
306.0973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Marginality, Social
  • Contagion (Social psychology)
  • Metaphor
  • Social problems
  • United States
Label
Contagion and the national body : the organism metaphor in American thought, Gerald V. O'Brien
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
on1031957018
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 137 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781315141633
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other control number
10.4324/9781315141633
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1031957018
Label
Contagion and the national body : the organism metaphor in American thought, Gerald V. O'Brien
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Control code
on1031957018
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 137 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781315141633
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other control number
10.4324/9781315141633
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1031957018

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