Biotic Politics: Immunitary Imaginaries in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

  • Nik Brown


This chapter explores these and other aspects of the recent politics of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) examining the dystopian capacity of infectious diseases to evolutionarily adapt to and ‘outpace’ the toxins and antibiotics developed to keep them at bay. The chapter explores AMR in terms of a potential shift from a hygienist to a potentially ‘post-hygienist’ politics, creating the space for a rethinking of infection, bugs, parasites and the microbiome. It has lately become possible to argue that, in AMR, the sterility logics of the last century have recoiled autoimmunitarily in the present century. The chapter situates debates about AMR in recent biopolitical literature on immunitary theory. It also explores the biopolitical potential, arising from these debates, for a ‘new settlement’ between the human and the microbial.


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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