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Chapter: 'Ten Theses on the Subject of Biology and Politics: Conceptual, Methodological, and Biopolitical Considerations' from book: The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781137528780 9781137528797 Year: Pages: 26 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52879-7_38 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Political Science --- Biology
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In this chapter, I develop a set of concepts and methodological principles that researchers might draw on as they try to elucidate the processes by which the engagement of humans with their social worlds, material environments, and historical cultures results in the formation of a self in subject, corporeal, and biological dimensions. I forge a conceptual language and rules for analysis that may enable scholars to negotiate converging accounts of how the social norms, lived environments, and power relations through which people develop a sense of self are bound up with processes through which biological organisms compose and recompose themselves over time.

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biopolitics --- biology --- society

Activist Media and Biopolitics

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ISBN: 9783902811042 9783903122192 Year: Language: English
Publisher: innsbruck university press
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License: OpenEdition licence for Books

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After tactical media became less important, many media activist projects repositioned themselves: in the context of biopolitics they challenge the hegemony of biopower. This volume contains theoretical and empirical contributions to a conference on issues of media activism and biopolitics which has been organized by Innsbruck Media Studies in 2010. Theorists and activists describe and analyze media, whose goal is to enable resistance against regimes of biopower. The control of mobility and v...

The Funambulist Pamphlets 2: Foucault

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ISBN: 9780615832999 Year: Pages: 102 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0034.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Architecture
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The Funambulist Pamphlets is a series of small books archiving articles published on The Funambulist, collected according to specific themes. These volumes propose a different articulation of texts than the usual chronological one. The eleven volumes are respectively dedicated to Spinoza, Foucault, Deleuze, Legal Theory, Occupy Wall Street, Palestine, Cruel Designs, Arakawa + Madeline Gins, Science Fiction, Literature, and Cinema. The Funambulist Pamphlets is published as part of the Documents Initiative imprint of the Center for Transformative Media, Parsons The New School for Design, a transdisciplinary media research initiative bridging design and the social sciences, and dedicated to the exploration of the transformative potential of emerging technologies upon the foundational practices of everyday life across a range of settings.

Make and Let Die: Untimely Sovereignties

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ISBN: 9780988234048 Year: Pages: 258 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0136.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Philosophy
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his collection of essays by one of medieval studies’ most brilliant historians argues that the analysis and critique of biopower, as conventionally defined by Michel Foucault and then widely assumed in much contemporary theory of sovereignty, is a sovereign mode of temporalization caught up in the very time-machine it ostensibly seeks to expose and dismantle. For Michel Foucault, biopower (epitomized in his maxim “to make live and to let die”) is the defining sign of the modern, and he famously argued that the task of political philosophy was to cut off the head of the classical (premodern) sovereign, the one “who made die and let live.” Entrapped by his supersessionary thinking on the question, Foucault argued that the maxim of “to make live and let die” of modern sovereignty superseded a premodern sovereignty characterized by the contrasting power “to make die and let live.” The essays collected in Biddick’s book (some reprinted and some published here for the first time) argue that Foucault spoke too soon about the supposed “then” of the classical sovereign and the modern “now,” and this became painfully apparent in his analysis of Nazism in his later lectures, Society Must be Defended. There Foucault groped to articulate an anguishing paradox: How could it be that the Nazis, as the ultimate biopolitical sovereign machine, would insist on an archaic (premodern) mode of sovereignty in their death camps? Here is how he posed the question in that lecture: “How can the power of death, the function of death, be exercised in a political system centered upon biopower?” Foucault left this question hanging.

Body, Personhood and Privacy: Perspectives on the Cultural Other and Human Experience

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Book Series: Approaches to Culture Theory ISBN: 9789949774593 9789949774609 Year: Pages: 344 Language: English
Publisher: University of Tartu Press
Subject: Ethnology --- Sociology --- Nutrition and Food Sciences --- Archaeology --- Science (General) --- Information theory
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This book studies how the concepts of body, personhood and privacy can be expanded across disciplinary borders. Notwithstanding the diversity of empirical material and theoretical frameworks, the chapters suggest innovative tools for common key issues: dialogue with the cultural Other, the appropriation of space, and personality. Human embodiment and ethical aspects of representing and regulating cultural practices are a major focus through much of the volume. The book is illustrated with some of the finest examples of Tartu street art.

Wie geht Kultur unter die Haut?

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Book Series: VerKörperungen/MatteRealities - Perspektiven empirischer Wissenschaftsforschung ISBN: 9783839409268 9783899429268 Year: Pages: 246 DOI: 10.14361/9783839409268 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Sociology
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Aktuelle lebenswissenschaftliche Forschungen problematisieren zunehmend die Grenze zwischen Natur und Kultur. Ob Adipositas, Alzheimer, psychiatrische Störungen, Gedächtnisleistung oder Stress - all diese Phänomene entziehen sich simplen biologischen Erklärungsmodellen und erfordern neuartige theoretische wie methodische Ansätze. Die internationale empirische Wissenschaftsforschung analysiert diese Entwicklungen und kontextualisiert sie historisch, praxistheoretisch und biopolitisch. Erstmalig für den deutschen Sprachraum bietet dieser Band einen Überblick aktueller Analysen führender Wissenschaftler_innen aus Deutschland, der Schweiz, Kanada und den USA.

Antebellum Posthuman

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ISBN: 9780823278442 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101634
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From the eighteenth-century abolitionist motto Am I Not a Man and a Brother? to the Civil Rights-era declaration I AM a Man, antiracism has engaged in a struggle for the recognition of the humanness of black humanity. It has done so, however, during an era in which the very definition of the human has been called into question by the rising prestige of the biological sciences whose materialist account of human being erodes the grounds of human exceptionalism...Antislavery materialism allowed these authors to respond to scientific racism in its own empirical terms. At the same time, however, it also attenuated their faith in the liberal humanist principles that they champion elsewhere in their work. This antebellum conflict between the liberal ideals of freedom and a materialist ontology of contingency not only presages current critical debates between new materialist and social justice theorists, but reveals an intrinsic tension between posthumanism’s embodied ontology and the...

Auszug aus dem Lager

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Book Series: Edition Moderne Postmoderne ISBN: 9783839405505 9783899425505 Year: Pages: 318 DOI: 10.14361/9783839405505 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Philosophy
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Wie läßt sich verhindern, daß je wieder Lager errichtet werden, in denen Menschen entrechtet, gequält oder gar ermordet werden? Daß diese Frage nach wie vor aktuell ist, belegen auch in heutigen Demokratien noch existierende Lager. Dieses Buch untersucht die bereits von Hannah Arendt entwickelte These, das Lager sei das Paradigma des modernen Raums. Die Perspektive verschärft sich im Zusammenhang mit der Diskussion um die Entstehung der Biopolitik bei Michel Foucault, der die Lager auf Praktiken der Produktion von Leben und die politische Kontrolle von Populationen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert zurückführt. Giorgio Agamben schließlich sieht in den Lagern die Matrix des Raums, in dem wir leben. Die Erörterung der vorliegenden Ansätze wird ergänzt durch Sondierungen der ästhetischen Bedingungen des Funktionierens von Lagern: Was ist ein Lager? Wie ist die Erfahrung des Lagers zu vermitteln? Was bleibt, wenn ein Lager zu funktionieren aufgehört hat?

Genealogie der Ethikpolitik

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Book Series: Science Studies ISBN: 9783837632866 9783839432860 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839432860 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103342
Subject: Political Science
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Nationale Ethikkomitees gelten als adäquate Lösung für ethische Probleme lebenswissenschaftlicher - und zunehmend auch nanotechnologischer - Entwicklungen. Aber wann, wie und in welchem Kontext setzten sich diese Ethikpolitiken durch? Und wogegen? Diesen Fragen geht Sabine Könninger am Beispiel Frankreichs nach und zeigt, wie sich eine Regierungstechnologie etablierte, in der Kritik an Forschungszielen und -zwecken unerwünscht ist. Die Studie bietet einen kritischen Forschungsbeitrag zu ethischen Institutionen und Diskursen im Bereich der Science and Technology Studies. Umfangreich erschließt sie einem deutschsprachigen Publikum die Auseinandersetzungen um Wissenschaft und Technik in Frankreich.

Das schöne Selbst

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Book Series: Literalität und Liminalität ISBN: 9783839411773 9783837611779 Year: Pages: 430 DOI: 10.14361/9783839411773 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Wie sind Schönheit, Gesundheit und die Konstitution des modernen Subjekts zum Gegenstand gesellschaftlicher Diskurse geworden? Ausgehend von dieser Frage zeichnen die Autorinnen und Autoren dieses Bandes die Geschichte des modernen Selbst im Spannungsfeld von Ethik und Ästhetik nach. Dabei wird das jüngst in den historischen Kulturwissenschaften aufkommende Interesse am Selbst in zweierlei Hinsicht korrigiert: Zum einen stellen die Studien die eminent bedeutsame Verbindung von Ethik und Ästhetik ins Zentrum und zum anderen können so - jenseits von idealtypischen Rekonstruktionen - erste Thesen zu Kontinuitäten und Brüchen in der Geschichte des Selbst aufgestellt werden. Es wird ersichtlich: Eine Geschichte der Moderne kann nicht mehr ohne eine Geschichte des Selbst auskommen.

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