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Pain and the Cinesthetic Subject in Black Swan

Steen Ledet Christiansen

, and biopower as a way of understanding the film beyond narrative and structure. In doing so, I draw on recent developments in phenomenological film theory as well as affect film theory. We have to pay attention to the film’s affective impact to better

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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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Normalizing Activism and Marginalizing Radical Youth in Spain's Post-15M Social Movements

Eduard Ballesté

subjects themselves are passive objects of surveillance and internal control (biopower), creating a dividing line between the normal and non-normal ( Foucault [1979] 2009 , 2003 ). This process also has a direct impact on social movements. My

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International Biopolitics

Foucault, Globalisation and Imperialism

M.G.E. Kelly

In this article, I present a new Foucauldian reading of the international, via Foucault's concept of 'biopolitics'. I begin by surveying the existing Foucauldian perspectives on the international, which mostly take as their point of departure Foucault's concept of 'governmentality', and mostly diagnose a 'global governmentality' or 'global biopolitics' in the current era of globalisation. Against these majority positions, I argue that analysis of the contemporary international through the lens of Foucauldian biopolitics in fact shows us that our world system is marked by a parasitic imperialism of rich sovereign states over poor ones, carried on at the level of populations.

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Critical Theory of the Police in a Neoliberal Age

Andrew Johnson

In Discipline and Punish the police is a state institution isomorphic with the prison. In his Collège de France lectures, Foucault unearths a 'secret history of the police' where greater attention is paid to public health, social welfare and regulating the marketplace than investigating and arresting criminals. This broad overview of Foucault's writings on the police exhibits a 'splintering-effect' in his modalities of power. To resolve this apparent contradiction, a nominalist reading that conflates Foucault's divergent paradigms of power results in a more multifaceted history and a ubiquitous mode of power with diverse and precise techniques. There are strengths and weaknesses in Foucault's theory when applied to modern neoliberal police. Foucault should not be employed for one-dimensional criticisms of modern police or as an analytical cure-all.

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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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Screened Women

Brian Bergen-Aurand

biopower and its overcoming. Eliza Deac traces the relation between genre and gender from the Romantics to today in her study of one of the earliest hypertext fictions, Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl (1995), where an engagement with the tensions between

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Touch and Go

The Politics of Hapticity, Affect, and Embodiment

Andrew J. Ball

technologies of biopower. In her article, “Biometrics, Dualities, and Fluid Identities,” Ling presents a design intervention that is intended to make identity and the body malleable in order to combat “biometric systems of normalization” like facial recognition

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Accounting for Loss in Fish Stocks

A Word on Life as Biological Asset

Jennifer E. Telesca

, at least in principle. To appreciate why population is an important category of technocratic rule, I reference what Foucault called in disparate texts “biopower,” or the forms of power exercised over living beings—as populations—to assure their very

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Biometrics, Dualities, and Fluid Identities

Decentralized Response to the Modern Normalization of Biopower

Melody Ling

the modern normalization of biopower. I intend to question the idea of whether a person's identity is meant to embrace singularity and discuss the social implication of identities if it becomes fluid in the everyday exchange of life, as well as the