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Life: A Critical User's Manual


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Contents Acknowledgements Preamble: Minima Theoria Chapter I. Forms of Life Chapter II. Ethics of Life Chapter III. Politics of Life Conclusion: Unequal Lives Notes References

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Didier Fassin is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His works include Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing and Prison Worlds: An Ethnography of the Carceral Condition


"It needs the sharp eye of an anthropologist, the empirical scrutiny of a sociologist, and the imagination of a moral philosopher to decipher the hidden grammar by which the physical life of human beings is measured in our globalized world. Didier Fassin, impressively combining all these talents in one mind, is to my knowledge the first scholar to have accomplished this enormous task - a must read for everyone interested in the dark side of globalization." Axel Honneth, Goethe University and Columbia University "At a time of growing social inequality, Didier Fassin boldly addresses the persistently unequal valuation of human lives. With sharp philosophical insight, grounded in vivid ethnographic detail, the book uncovers the moral and political processes involved in our treatment of human life. Compassionate and inspiring, Life contributes to scholarly debates and will at the same time appeal to a wide audience." Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University

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