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In the Name of Humanity


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Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Government and Humanity / Ilana Feldman and Miriam Ticktin 1
When Humanity Sits in Judgment: Crimes Against Humanity and the Conundrum of Race and Ethnicity at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda / Richard Ashby Wilson 27
Children, Humanity, and the Infantilization of Peace / Liisa Malkki 58
Narrative, Humanity, and Patrimony in an Equatorial African Forest / Rebecca Hardin 86
Inhumanitas: Political Speciation, Animality, Natality, Defacement / Allen Feldman 115
"Medication is me now": Human Values and Political Life in the Wake of Global AIDS Treatment / Joao Biehl 151
Environment, Community, Government / Arun Agrawal 190
The Mortality Effect: Counting the Dead in the Cancer Trial / S. Lochlann Jain 218
Inequality of Lives, Hierarchies of Humanity: Moral Commitments and Ethical Dilemmas of Humanitarianism / Didier Fassin 238
The Politics of Experimentality / Adriana Petryna 256
Stealth Nature: Biomimesis and the Weaponization of Life / Charles Zerner 290
Bibliography 325
Contributors 359
Index 363

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Collection of essays that consider how humanity--as a social, ethical and political category--is produced through particular governing techniques and in turn gives rise to new forms of government

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Ilana Feldman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67, also published by Duke University Press.Miriam Ticktin is Assistant Professor in Anthropology and in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School.


"Like 'nature,' 'humanity' is a Protean concept that confers immense capacity on those able to act in its name. Exploring the term and its effects from three key vantage pointsohumanitarianism, medicine, and environmentothe papers in this outstanding collection offer up a stream of provocative insights and challenging perspectives. In the Name of Humanity is sure to become an essential reference point for future discussions of the human, its outsides, and its negations."oHugh Raffles, author of Insectopedia "In a complex world where competing groups claim to be speaking on behalf of incommensurate versions of 'humanity,' the authors represented in In the Name of Humanity ask not what humanity is but what are the epistemic, market, governmental logics, and environmental parsings that fashion humanity, and the humans who will inhabit humanity in the 21st century."oElizabeth A. Povinelli, author of The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism

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