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Freedom and Power I

Lawrence Hamilton

Ever since Livy proclaimed that ‘freedom is to be in one’s own power’, if not from long before and in other contexts, the relationship between freedom and power has been an enduring concern of social and political theorists. It has withstood even Isaiah Berlin’s sharp distinction between seemingly irreconcilable forms of freedom and much of the subsequent theoretical and philosophical debates that it spawned. The history of political thought is littered with thinkers who have opposed freedom and power, arguing that liberty can only be truly attained free from power and domination (republicans) or in the absence of external impediments imposed by other human beings (liberals); but there are also many examples of arguments that identify a close and intriguing link between them, especially in the sphere of politics, that emanate from radicals and conservatives alike, thinkers such as Machiavelli, Montaigne, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Arendt and Foucault. Moreover, those in the former camp tend to think of freedom in formal and abstract terms, while proponents of the latter eschew this now normal tendency in political philosophy and instead think of freedom in fully substantive, concrete and even materialist terms. Hobbes is an unusual and unique figure as his account of freedom inspires members of both parties, that is those concerned with the formal character of freedom and those troubled by its more substantive components and conditions, which is why it is only right that we start this special issue on freedom and power with an analysis of Hobbes’ account of freedom.

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Book Reviews

Power and Terror: Post 9-11 Talks and Interviews, by Noam Chomsky, edited by John Junkerman and Takei Masakazu. Johannesburg: Jacana, 2003. ISBN: 1583225900. Reviewed by Derek Hook

Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che, by Richard Max Elbaum. New York: Verso, 2002. ISBN: 1859846173 Reviewed by Richard Pithouse

Society Must be Defended, by Michel Foucault, edited by Mauro Bertani and Alessandro Fontana. English Series Editor: Arnold I. Davidson. Translated by David Macey. New York: Allen Lane, 2003. ISBN: 0-713-99707-9. Reviewed by Derek Hook

Democracy, edited by Philip Green. New York: Humanity Books, 1999. ISBN: 1573925500. Reviewed by Laurence Piper

Power: A Reader, edited by Mark Haugaard. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0719057299 Reviewed by Roger Deacon

John Rawls: Towards a Just World Order, by Patrick Hayden. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002. ISBN 0708317294. Reviewed by Brian E. Butler

World Citizenship, by Derek Heater. London: Continuum, 2002. ISBN: 0826458920 Reviewed by Erin Kimball

The Ideas That Conquered the World, by Michael Mandelbaum. New York: Public Affairs, 2002. ISBN: 1586481347. Reviewed by Michael Herman

Desert Screen: War at the Speed of Light, by Paul Virilio. Translated by Michael Degener. New York & London: The Athlone Press (Continuum), 2002. ISBN: 0826458211. Reviewed by Clayton Crockett

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Working Hard, Hanging Back

Constructing the Achieving Girl

Colette Slagle

discursively created across many context-specific sites. Drawing from Foucault’s The Archaeology of Knowledge , she examines both media constructions and girls’ own constructions of such a girl. The book is a multisite, interdisciplinary study that works to

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“Look at Me! I Can Change Your Tire”

Queer Female Masculinity in the Gym

Kristine Newhall

Michel Foucault's technologies of power and technologies of the self. Thus, in this project I examine the dialectical construction of Western gym space and the enactment of gender and sexuality within this space. Carrie's story is bounded by space; by

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Sensing evil

Counterterrorism, techno-science, and the cultural reproduction of security

Mark Maguire and Pete Fussey

subjectivities are held together within a cultural regime of verediction. In our analysis, we draw on Foucault (2007) to underscore a shift from security operating as a form of territorial proscription to diverse forms of monitoring mobility. Such arguments

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Book Roundtable

Discussion text: Chin, C. 2018. The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought.

Lasse Thomassen, Joe Hoover, David Owen, Paul Patton, and Clayton Chin

philosophy and methodology in political theory. The Practice of Political Theory focuses on Rorty's engagement with Continental theorists such as Nietzsche, Heidegger and Foucault. Despite the fact that Rorty was instrumental in introducing Continental

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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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Cecilia Schultz

in social science-related fields, including economics and development. Unlike in Freedom is Power, Hamilton does not engage here with Foucault's accounts of freedom and power. Considering that this is an introduction to Sen's ideas, to which

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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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Nikolay Domashev and Priyanka Hutschenreiter

challenging theoretical terrains of Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. Ultimately, the contributors choose not to engage the seemingly appropriate paradigms of biopower and governmentality resident in Foucault's writings, but