Bioexpectations: Life Technologies as Humanitarian Goods

  title={Bioexpectations: Life Technologies as Humanitarian Goods},
  author={Peter Redfield},
  journal={The Social Medicine Reader, Volume II, Third Edition},
  • Peter Redfield
  • Published 31 December 2020
  • Political Science
  • The Social Medicine Reader, Volume II, Third Edition
One of the key features marking “failed” states in contemporary political discourse is their incapacity to serve the needs of their respective populations, to govern as well as rule.1 Amid the ruins of bureaucratic infrastructure (which in specific historical terms may have existed only in imagination) lies a sense of moral as well as political duty: a sovereign power that does not foster life loses a basic claim to legitimacy. We expect that people — even small children — will live… 

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