Body politic, bodies impolitic

Charles W. Mills*

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Starting from Thomas Hobbes's distinctively materialist version of social contract theory, I argue that Hobbes can assist us in theorizing the racialized body politic of the white LEVIATHAN that is the United States. However, we will need to go beyond his own qualified materialism to recognize the social materiality of race, a materiality not to be reduced to, though incorporating, the body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-606
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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