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Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism

Tiago Saraiva


“Fascist Pigs” investigates the breeding of new animals and plants embodying fascism. It details the role of technoscientific organisms in the national battles for food independence launched by Mussolini, Salazar, and Hitler, the first large scale mobilizations of the three fascist regimes. The narrative transforms the fascist “back to the land” into a modernist experiment involving geneticists and their organisms (wheat, potatoes, pigs), mass propaganda for peasants and urban consumers, and overgrown bureaucratic structures. In contrast to the generalized emphasis on race, it brings food to t ... More

Keywords: Fascism, Genetics, Breeding, Food, Empire, Genocide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035033
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiago Saraiva, author
Drexel University