Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3222: Biopolitics in Practice

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Core Texts: specific readings for each week will be available on ELE


Lemke, T. (2011). Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction. NYU Press

Sismondo, S. (2010). An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Wiley-Blackwell


Theme One: Human? Nature?

Bowler, Peter (2003) Evolution: The History of an Idea (Berkeley University Press).

Milam, Erika, Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology (Baltimore, 2010).

Ruse, M. (2001). The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates. Rutgers University Press.


Theme Two: Friends and Neighbours

Connelly, J., Smith, G., Benson, D. & Saunders, C. (2012) Politics and the Environment. Routledge, Oxford.

Demillo, M (2012) Animals and society: an introduction to human-animal studies. New York: Columbia University Press

Jorgensen, D., Jorgensen, F.A. & Pritchard, S., 2014. New Natures. University of Pittsburgh Press


Theme Three: Health and Care

Lupton, D., 2012. Medicine as culture: Illness, disease and the body. London: Sage.

Mol, A (2008) The logic of care: health and the problem of patient choice. London: Routledge

Rose, N. (2007). The Politics of Life Itself. Princeton University Press.

Wilson, D. (2014). The Making of British Bioethics. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.


Theme Four: Futures

Bijker, W.E. and Hughes T. P. (eds) (2012). The Social Construction of Technological Systems. MIT Press

Mahon, P. (2017). Posthumanism: a guide for the perplexed. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Nerlich, B., Hartley, Raman, S & Smith, A (eds.). (2018). Science and the Politics of Openness: Here be Monsters. Manchester University Press. OA Ebook, retrieved from http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526106469/

Stapleton, P. and Byers, A. (eds) (2015) Biopolitics and Utopia: an interdisciplinary reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


The College has produced a fantastic resource to support library and research skills, including Politics specific material: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3611  


Journals and many other electronic resources can be accessed through the library’s main search portal: https://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/  

Web of Knowledge – for searching academic journals: http://wok.mimas.ac.uk/

Google Scholar - particularly useful for finding open access copies of material not available through the library: http://scholar.google.co.uk