ANTI-BODIES

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Drawing on narrative interviews and ethnographic research in French and Portuguese settings, we examine a contemporary form of vaccine acceptability as it emerges in routine vaccination. Against a backdrop of manifestations that are circumscribed to particular cultural scenes or bounded systems of ideas, we focus on a diffuse tendency which resonates with wider contemporary transformations. Its analysis cannot be framed within the narrow limits of health and risk management. Health and the body are but one of the domains in which a same pattern of production of dissent arises. It is by exploring the political dimensions of such pattern that the production of consent and that of dissent stand in relation to one another as two sides of the same coin.

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vaccination, body politics, state, resistance, immunization

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Durand, J. & Cunha, M., (2013) “ANTI-BODIES”, Ethnologia Europaea 43(1), p.35-54. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1106

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Jean-Yves Durand (Ethnographic Museum Museu da Terra de Miranda)
Manuela Cunha (University of Minho)

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