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Sovereign Nations, Carnal States is an extraordinarily synthetic intellectual tour de force. Kam Shapiro uses the body as a lens to focus on often-overlooked dimensions of modern sovereignty. He provides a novel perspective on one of the most important problems in contemporary political theory: the conflict between the demands of political sovereignty, exemplified in the nation-state, and the economic and cultural dislocations of modern society. It is often assumed that classical political theory conceives of the body as an instrument subordinated to a rational subject. In contrast, Shapiro argues that thinkers from Augustine to Hegel and Carl Schmitt have conceptualized the body as a resource to supplement standard modes of political affiliation and moral agency.Drawing on critical readings of Augustine, Derrida, Hegel, Schmitt, and Benjamin, Shapiro develops what he refers to as a "political somatics." The author is preoccupied by the way desire and habit are the conditions of possibility for meaningful political affiliation, but he also shows how they constantly risk being held hostage to contingency. Both, he concludes, are important resources for democratic politics. Shapiro marshals both historical and contemporary philosophical accounts of embodiment in order to explain an important contemporary political question: How is the nation-state able to cohere as a functioning political unit despite internal differences and the vagaries of the market?

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"Sovereign Nations, Carnal States is a systematic study of the very important issue of ‘somatics’ in political action. Kam Shapiro chooses his analytic cases—Augustine, Hegel, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Schmitt, and Derrida—very wisely, showing why practices of embodiment always complicate and qualify the workings of politics."—Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

"Kam Shapiro’s concise and elegant book addresses the affective dimension of political life in the era of the nation/state, as represented, repressed, and otherwise addressed by relevant political theorists. Shapiro presents a generalizable ethical prescription to overcome the destructive dangers of the modern policing states of governmentality."—Thomas Dumm, Amherst College

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Kam is Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.

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