By Molly Farrell
Counting Bodies explores the resourceful, own, and narrative writings that played the cultural paintings of normalizing the enumeration of our bodies. by means of repositioning and unearthing a literary pre-history of inhabitants technological know-how, the ebook exhibits that representing participants as numbers used to be a significant portion of colonial initiatives. Early colonial writings that describe regimen or even intimate interactions provide a window into the best way humans wove the quantifiable different types of subjectivity made to be had by way of inhabitants counts into lifestyle. even if attempting to make feel of plantation slavery, frontier conflict, speedy migration, or worldwide trade, writers framed questions about human relationships throughout diversified cultures and generations when it comes to population.
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