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dc.contributor.author Hannah, Matthew G.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-27T13:41:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-27T13:41:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09
dc.identifier.citation Hannah , M G 2011 , ' Biopower, Life and Left Politics ' Antipode , vol 43 , no. 4 , pp. 1034-1055 . , 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00840.x en
dc.identifier.issn 0066-4812
dc.identifier.other PURE: 172430
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/7638
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7638
dc.description This paper seeks to make connections between Foucault's conception of "biopower" and other left-progressive research traditions in the social sciences and humanities. Such connections have been difficult to forge because of seeming incompatibilities between the concepts anchoring the different traditions. The approach taken in the paper systematically explores the possibility of defining the human "life" that is the object of biopower in such a way as to highlight how the government of life can dovetail with progressive agendas. The conceptualisation of biopolitical life is examined in terms of its proper geographical scope, its vital nature and its orientation toward the future. In each case the paper argues for specific definitions of life that encourage a biopower in the service of social justice. The argument has the potential to appeal to a wide range of scholars familiar with one or more of the various research traditions treated in the paper. Hannah, M. G. (2011). Biopower, Life and Left Politics. Antipode, 43 (4), 1034-1055. en
dc.description.abstract The terms biopower and biopolitics have been deployed in widely varying ways in recent critical political analyses. This essay seeks to rescue from the welter of its deployments a general understanding of biopower potentially useful to left political projects. First, recent iterations of the concept of biopower are surveyed. In the main body of the paper, a series of interventions in recent critical debates are used to trace out a critical re-mapping of the concept of 'life' that names the ends of biopower. Biopolitically relevant life is reconsidered in terms of its proper geographical scope, its gender, racial and ethnic specificities, its distinguishing vital qualities, and its relation to temporality (particularly the future). Through this exercise the notion of biopower is redefined so as to provide potential 'docking points' for Marxist, feminist and green discourses, and conceptual resources for left struggles against global injustice. en
dc.format.extent 22 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Antipode en
dc.subject biopower en
dc.subject biopolitics en
dc.subject nostalgia en
dc.subject life en
dc.subject neoliberalism en
dc.subject futurism en
dc.title Biopower, Life and Left Politics en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00840.x
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Cultural and Historical Geography en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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