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Gobernanza hídrica como securitización socioambiental en la subcuenca La Sabana–Tres Palos, Acapulco

Erick Alfonso Galán Castro, América Libertad Rodríguez Herrera, and José Luis Rosas-Acevedo

Foucault. A saber: el Consejo de Administración del Organismo Operador de Agua denominado Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Municipio de Acapulco (CAPAMA), el Consejo de Cuenca del Río La Sabana–Laguna de Tres Palos, y una experiencia de gestión

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Waiting for the Inevitable

Permanent Emergency, Therapeutic Domination and Homo Pandemicus

Laurence Mcfalls and Mariella Pandolfi

( Kidder 2000 ). Like Farmer a practising doctor and an anthropologist, Didier Fassin (1996 , 2009 , 2010 ) brought together his own field experience around the world with Médecins sans frontières and his reading of Foucault's work on biopolitics to

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Portrait

Mayfair Yang

Mayfair Yang, Peter van der Veer, François Gauthier, Prasenjit Duara, and Susan Brownell

Foucault at Berkeley and introduced me to the world of French theory; and Robert Bellah, a sociologist of Japanese religion and American civil religion. As an immigrant originally born in Taiwan but who had grown up in multiple countries, I was very drawn

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Rethinking Social Theory in Contemporary Social Movements

Nadia Ferrer

In current and future situations of trans-global crises, social dissent and related practices of resistance cut across conventional country boundaries. Expressions of dissent and resistance pursue change through unconventional practices not only to challenge current governance, but to re-invent participation. They seek to impact society by transforming acquired values, subjectivities and knowledge. Despite these transformations of people’s subjectivities, majoritarian theories examining social movements still focus on finding rational patterns that can be instrumentalized in data sets and produce generalizable theoretical outcomes. This paper problematizes how social theory makes sense of collective action practices on the ground. Everyday non-discursive practices prove productivity-led theories' increasing disengagement with their object while challenging the excessive bureaucratization of scientific knowledge (Lyotard, 1997). That is, people experiment collectively with their capacities, and create their own initiatives and identities which do not follow determined patterns but do-while-thinking. The dichotomist approach of majoritarian debates in collective action theory is critically analysed by introducing the work of ‘minor authors’ and ‘radical theorists’. The fundamental purpose of this paper is to open a discussion space between the field of social action theories and activism knowledge, hence encouraging the creation of plateaus that blur academic boundaries and construct new subjectivities beyond “the indignity of speaking for others” (Deleuze in Foucault et al., 1977. p. 209). Drawing on the experience of the 15th of May 2011 in Spain, I analyse how radical theory reflects on current movements and collectives."

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Introduction

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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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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Book Reviews

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

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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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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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Dream-Realities

Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

Foucault, the ‘political spirituality’ of Islam (see Afary and Anderson 2005: 4) . In his own inquiries about Iran's Revolution (1979), Foucault witnessed the significance of martyrs in Tehran's main cemetery. 1 In Behesht-e Zahra, as he describes it, the