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dc.contributor.author Napier, A. David
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-25T22:26:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-25T22:26:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02
dc.identifier.citation Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 27, No. 1 (February 2012): 122-137. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0886-7356
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/26881
dc.description Uncorrected proof. Supplemental material: http://culanth.org/?q=node/480 en_US
dc.description.abstract The classical immunological paradigm is predicated on the body’s ability to recognize and eliminate “nonself.” However, the “self–nonself” model has yet to facilitate any resolution of the field’s major concerns, and may thus prove to be of limited use. Merely discarding it is no solution, as the juxtaposition of “self” and “nonself” persists in research, in clinical settings, and in everyday practice despite the best efforts of theoretical immunologists. Instead, the very conception of “selfhood” may prove to be key. Replacing immunology’s prior and persistent “self” with less static concepts derived from non-Western contexts not only resolves immunology’s famous paradoxes but also offers a new and more accurate model that allows immunology to reframe what may become an outmoded Enlightenment construct of “self.” In such a new paradigm, immunology’s well-known system of protection and defense is replaced with a view in which nonself becomes not only the body’s enemy but also its primary mechanism for the creative assimilation of difference. This incorporative model—in which the “immune system” functions more as a search engine than as an expeller of difference—both resolves outstanding paradoxes, and complies more accurately with contemporary knowledge and research practice. en_US
dc.format.extent 16 en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher American Anthropological Association en_US
dc.relation.uri DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1360.2011.01130.x en_US
dc.relation.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1360.2012.01130.x/abstract en_US
dc.subject immunology en_US
dc.subject subjectivity en_US
dc.subject medical anthropology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.title Nonself Help: How Immunology Might Reframe the Enlightenment en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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