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Debating Biopolitics

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Debating Biopolitics

New Perspectives on the Government of Life

9781800887961 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Marco Piasentier, University of Helsinki, Finland and Sara Raimondi, Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Politics and International Relations, New College of the Humanities at Northeastern, UK
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 796 1 Extent: 232 pp
Emerging out of the theoretical and practical urge to reflect on key contemporary debates arising in biopolitical scholarship, this timely book launches an in-depth investigation into the concept and history of biopolitics. In light of tumultuous political dynamics across the globe and new developments in this continually evolving field, the book reconsiders and expands upon Michel Foucault’s input to biopolitical studies.

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Emerging out of the theoretical and practical urge to reflect on key contemporary debates arising in biopolitical scholarship, this timely book launches an in-depth investigation into the concept and history of biopolitics. In light of tumultuous political dynamics across the globe and new developments in this continually evolving field, the book reconsiders and expands upon Michel Foucault’s input to biopolitical studies.

Featuring rigorously structured investigations into the genealogies, dimensions, and practices of biopolitics, this incisive book introduces novel voices and perspectives into the biopolitical corpus. Contributions from eminent scholars investigate core topics of governing populations, community, and sovereignty, as well as exploring areas that remain undertheorized in the field of biopolitics, including the political accounts of non-human entities, developments in sexual health policy, and the biopolitics of time. Broad in scope, the book draws from the foundations of the biopolitical canon to forge new horizons and create opportunities for novel theoretical and empirical analysis.

Debating Biopolitics will be an invaluable tool for scholars and postgraduate students of political science and political philosophy. Its empirically driven research will also benefit practitioners and policymakers interested in the biopolitical dimension of decision-making and policy analysis.
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‘This book is a wonderful guide to how contemporary understandings of life (both biological and political) become central to its governance. This is all the more vital as biopolitics is at the moment perhaps the most dynamic field of thought in the humanities and social sciences. From debates over COVID-19 responses to the governance of climate change, biopolitical framings are at the heart of social and political contestation.’
– David Chandler, University of Westminster, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Gonzalo Bustamante-Kuschel, Sara Dragišić, Vappu Helmisaari, Samuel Lindholm, Anastasya Manuilova, Mika Ojakangas, Marco Piasentier, Jürgen Portschy, Sergei Prozorov, Ott Puumeister, Sara Raimondi, Théo Sabadel, Katarina Sjöblom
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Contents:

Foreword viii
Mika Ojakangas and Sergei Prozorov
Introduction 1
Marco Piasentier and Sara Raimondi

PART I GENEALOGIES
1 Subjectivity in Foucault and Agamben: the enigma of
sovereignty and biopolitics 12
Sara Dragišić
2 Fear, the sovereign, and authority: Roberto Esposito and
the escape from the Hobbesian State 30
Vappu Helmisaari
3 Governing according to nature: Jean Bodin on climates,
humours, and temperaments 49
Samuel Lindholm

PART II DIMENSIONS
4 Glenn Gould’s mastery of not-playing: style and manner in
the work of Giorgio Agamben 68
Katarina Sjöblom
5 Biopolitics of time in Foucault and Agamben 86
Jürgen Portschy
6 Identities on the border 109
Ott Puumeister

PART III PRACTICES
7 Governing by prevention: neoliberal management of
sexual health in France 129
Théo Sabadel
8 Biopolitics of authoritarianism. The case of Russia 151
Anastasya Manuilova
9 Biopolitics, New Materialism and Latin-American
constitutionalism: A linguistic encounter? 171
Gonzalo Bustamante-Kuschel
10 The two faces of biopolitical theory: genealogies and
current approaches 193
Marco Piasentier and Sara Raimondi

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