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Hematologies: The Political Life of Blood in India

Jacob Copeman and Dwaipayan Banerjee


This book is an account of the political economy and cultural meaning of blood in contemporary India. It examines how the giving and receiving of blood has shaped social and political life. The book traces how the substance congeals political ideologies, biomedical rationalities, and activist practices. Using examples from anti-colonial appeals to blood sacrifice as a political philosophy to contemporary portraits of political leaders drawn with blood, from the use of the substance by Bhopali children as a material of activism to biomedical anxieties and aporias about the excess and lack of do ... More

Keywords: political economy, cultural meaning, blood, contemporary India, biomedical rationalities, political ideologies, activist practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501745096
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501745096.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Copeman, author
University of Edinburgh

Dwaipayan Banerjee, author