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Biopolitical Leviathan

Understanding State Power in the Era of COVID-19 through the Weberian-Foucauldian Theory of the State

Lars Erik Løvaas Gjerde

and rule ‘beyond the state’ (i.e., Joseph 2010 ; Merlingen 2011 ; Miller and Rose 2008 ), even though Foucault's work (2003, 2008a, 2009) largely constitutes a genealogy of the state. Nevertheless, Foucault (2008a , 2008b ) recommends scholars

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

(McGranahan) and those deemed essential workers (Brinkworth et al., Dey). Yet in doing so, the fear of contagion also draws attention towards the ‘hidden abode of production’ ( Marx 1976: 279 ), a world of ‘private government’ and what Foucault called ‘the

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Exceptions and being human: Before and in times of COVID-19

Narmala Halstead

to allow for unlimited scaling of ‘emergency’ exceptions (2020a). That Agamben's latest intervention is not without interlocutory exchanges (see Foucault et al. 2020 ) comes out in differing views which, in some instances position the state as

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Politics, Sociability and the Constitution of Collective Life

Will Rollason and Eric Hirsch

compleasance as a ‘fifth law of nature’, people may also ‘ strive ’ to be compliant. As such, compliance might itself be thought of as a project or activity of self-shaping (cf. Foucault 1994 ; Laidlaw 2014 ). Especially in this regard, compliance points to

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Protests of Pandemic Skeptics in Germany and Austria

Antje Daniel, Anna Schwenck, and Fabian Virchow

–190. 4 Alberto Toscano, “The State of the Pandemic,” Historical Materialism 28, no. 4 (2020): 3–23. 5 Sylvia Kritzinger, Martial Foucault, Romain Lachat, Julia Partheymüller, Carolina Plescia, and Sylvain Brouard, “‘Rally round the flag’: The COVID-19

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Museums in the Pandemic

A Survey of Responses on the Current Crisis

Joanna Cobley, David Gaimster, Stephanie So, Ken Gorbey, Ken Arnold, Dominique Poulot, Bruno Brulon Soares, Nuala Morse, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, María de las Mercedes Martínez Milantchí, Alberto Serrano, Erica Lehrer, Shelley Ruth Butler, Nicky Levell, Anthony Shelton, Da (Linda) Kong, and Mingyuan Jiang

guide and method, we are poised at a rupture that is no less significant than that described by Michel Foucault for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Experimentation, by its very nature, will become politically manipulated and breed

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Porous Bodies

Corporeal Intimacies, Disgust and Violence in a COVID-19 World

Cynthia Sear

the working class and Global South (e.g. Prose 2020 ). Further, these corporeal performances are a form of ‘biopower’: ‘techniques [which achieve] the subjugation of bodies and the control of populations’ ( Foucault 1978: 140 ; and qtd in Sear 2020

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Constructing the Not-So-New Normal

Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva

affected and challenging the established narratives. On the other hand, ‘normalisation’ has historically been a tool for reinforcing hierarchies and inequalities through rules and routines ( Foucault 1995 ). Therefore, it is possible that the pandemic will

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Intimacy, Zoom Tango and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jonathan Skinner

space. I laugh inside at the cotton-masked and plastic-gloved who drive past us in their cars on their own. Relief is locking the door to the porch. Like Michel Foucault's (1977) disciplined/punished window-figures during plague times, we can see

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From Toilet Paper Wars to #ViralKindness?

COVID-19, Solidarity and the Basic Income Debate in Australia

Anne Décobert

trusted to police themselves and so police each other ( Foucault 1989 ). Yet as described above, COVID-19 has also triggered a surge in solidarity. Through grassroots support networks, individuals have assisted those who are more vulnerable or have