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Theory of the Border$
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Thomas Nail

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.001.0001

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The Cell

The Cell

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(p.88) Chapter 4 The Cell
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Theory of the Border
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Thomas Nail

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618643.003.0005

This chapter develops a theory of the border structure of the cell. While the fence divides the earth into a delimited territory and the wall divides territorial life into political forms of life, the cell divides human life into individual lives. Historically, the cell emerged as the dominant border technology during the Middle Ages, but also had precursors in the Neolithic cave, the ancient inner temple, and other technologies of enclosure. The kinetics of the cellular border are defined by two interrelated functions: enclosure and linkage, each developed at length in this chapter. Historically, the cell emerges as the dominant border technology during the Middle Ages

Keywords:   prison, cell, enclosure, monastic, plague, hospital, institution, juridical, link, tension

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