Biopolitics: Lessons from history

Steven A. Peterson

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Biopolitics is an emerging subdiscipline within the field of political science. The essay examines historical antecedents and delineates three categories of such works: 1) metaphor, 2) evolutionary/genetic influences on behavior, and 3) public policy implications. A number of problems with these works are noted. Finally, suggestions for the current interest in biopolitics are outlined, based upon the historical analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-366
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the history of the behavioral sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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