This book looks at the physical and metaphorical attributes of the human body as a site of contention, politics, and cultural protest. It discusses a range of issues, from torture and moral panics to the "AIDS plague" and the homosocial subtexts of George Bush's political speeches.
Part One: Disease, War, and the Family 1. The Politics of the "Gay Plague": AIDS as a U.S. Ideology 2. Fatal Abstraction: The Death and Sinister Afterlife of the American Family 3. Not in Our Name: Women, War, AIDS 4. The Meaning of Property: Real Estate, Class Position, and the Ideology of Home Ownership 5. Homelessness and Poststructuralist Theory 6. Orphans' Dreams: Panic Wars and the Postmodern Part Two: Drugs Hysteria Pain 7. A Short HIStory of the Parasite Café 8. James Bond and Immanuel Kant's War on Drugs: A Nosography and Nosegrammatics of Male Hysteria 9. AlphaBet City: The Politics of Pharmacology 10. The Broken Self: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Native American Selfhood Part Three: Political Bodies 11. George Bush, or Homosocial Politics 12. Postmortem on the Presidential Body, or Where the Rest of Him Went Part Four: Torture, Knowledge, and the State 13. Subjected Bodies, Science, and the State: Francis Bacon Torturer 14. Body Memories: Aide-Memo ires and Collective Amnesia in the Wake of the Argentine Terror 15. The Official Story: Response to Julie Taylor 16. The Electronic Body at the End of the State: Ethnicity, National Identity, and the Japanese Emperor System Part Five: Alternities 17. Toni Negri's Practical Philosophy 18. The Physiology of Counter-Power: When Socialism is Impossible and Communism So Near 19. Possible Worlds: An Interview with Donna Haraway 20. Frankenstein's Dream: Constitutional Revision and Social Design, or How to Build a Body Politic