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Travis, Mitchell. "We’re All Infected: Legal personhood, bare life and the walking dead." International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique 28. (2015): 787–800. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1007/s11196-014-9396-3
BibTeX citation key: Travis2015
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Keywords: "The Walking Dead", Adlard. Charlie, Horror, Kirkman. Robert, Philosophy, Posthumanism, USA
Creators: Travis
Collection: International Journal for the Semiotics of Law – Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique
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This article argues that greater theoretical attention should be paid to the figure of the zombie in the fields of law, cultural studies and philosophy. Using The Walking Dead as a point of critical departure concepts of legal personhood are interrogated in relation to permanent vegetative states, bare life and the notion of the third person. Ultimately, the paper recommends a rejection of personhood; instead favouring a legal and philosophical engagement with humanity and embodiment. Personhood, it is suggested, creates a barrier in law allowing individuals in certain contexts (and in certain embodied states) to be rendered non-persons and thus outside the scope of legal rights. An approach that rejects personhood in favour of embodiment would allow individuals to enjoy their rights without being subject to such discrimination. It is also suggested that the concept of the human, itself complicated by the figure of the zombie, allows for legal engagement with a greater number of putative rights claimants including admixed embryos, cyborgs and the zombie.
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