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Fascist PigsTechnoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism$
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Tiago Saraiva

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035033

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035033.001.0001

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Fascist Pigs

Tiago Saraiva

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The introduction places the book in the historical tradition of Georges Canguilhem and Michel Foucault of taking fascism as biopolitics. It stresses the fact that the biological dimension of fascist regimes was not limited to human bodies but it included as well animals and plants bred by geneticists for food production. The focus on food as central component of fascist organic nationalism overcomes apparent contradictions between fascist obsession with the national soil and the modernist nature of fascism. Delving into the making and growing of technoscientific organisms, reveals their importance in the building of fascist alternative modernity. The introduction presents the narrative as a fascist ontology, a bestiary combining historians of science and technology and STS scholars’ organism centered narratives with political and cultural historians general concern for the nature of fascism.

Keywords:   Biopolitics, Generic Fascism, Alternative modernity, Model Organisms, Ontology, Georges Canguilhem, Organic Nation

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