Biopolitics A Reader

ISBN-10: 0822353350
ISBN-13: 9780822353355
Edition: 2013
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Description: This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics that has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical—the relation of politics to life, or the  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 12/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics that has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical—the relation of politics to life, or the state to the body—is not surprising given its centrality to matters such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, and the global distribution of essential medicines and medical technologies.In his famous 1976 essay, "Right of Death and Power over Life," Michel Foucault gave a new and unprecedented meaning to the term "biopolitics." In this anthology, that touchstone piece is followed by essays in which biopolitics is implicitly anticipated as a problem by Hannah Arendt and later altered, critiqued, deconstructed, and refined by major political and social theorists who explicitly engaged with Foucault's ideas. By focusing on the concept of biopolitics, rather than applying it to specific events and phenomena, this reader provides an enduring framework for assessing the central problematics of modern political thought.Contributors. Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Alain Badiou, Timothy Campbell, Gilles Deleuze, Roberto Esposito, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt, Achille Mbembe, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Jacques Rancière, Adam Sitze, Peter Sloterdijk, Paolo Virno, Slavoj Žižek

Carlo Galli is professor in the Department of Historical Disciplines at the University of Bologna and president of the Gramsci Institute, Emilia-Romagna. He is author of numerous books, most notablyGenealogia della politica: Carl Schmitt e la crisi del pensiero politico modemo, reissued in 2010. Adam Sitze is assistant professor of law, jurisprudence, and social thought at Amherst College. Elisabeth Fay is completing a PhD in Italian studies at Cornell University. She is the translator of Carlo Galli's "Carl Schmitt and the Global Age."

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