Foucault on Politics, Security and War
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Foucault on Politics, Society and War interrogates Foucault's controversial genealogy of modern biopolitics. These essays situate Foucault's arguments, clarify the correlation of sovereign and bio-power and examine the relation of bios, nomos and race in relation to modern war.
and in particular their implementation in society as a whole. The key is of course, public health or hygiene, rather than just hospitals and clinical practice. In public health, the same sorts of mechanisms Foucault traces in Discipline and Punish can be found: selection, normalisation, hierarchisation and centralisation (Foucault, 1997: p. 161; 2003b: p. 181). Power takes control of life in both general and specific terms, of the human as a living being and as part of a population: what might be
technique of enclosure allowed for new forms of control and security: the prevention of theft and violence; the dissipation of fears of local populations at the incursions of marauding bands of troops; the prevention of conflict with civil authorities; the stopping of mass desertion, and the management of expenditure (1991b: p. 142). Through the technique of partitioning, militarised groups of men were individualised. Knowing where and how to locate individuals, to control communication between
groups whose political struggles form the topic of the early lectures of “Society 10.1057/9780230229846 - Foucault on Politics, Security and War, Edited by Michael Dillon and Andrew W. Neal Introduction 9 Must Be Defended”. These construed war less as the right of the sovereign and more as the necessary and proper expression of their own historical and political ambitions. Here, as the modern re-formulation of the problematic of politics and rule began to emerge out of the violent civil
between Foucault and Deleuze begin to vanish, Dillon and Lobo-Guerrero attend especially to the manner in which life, labour and language are separated from the historical, material forms that enabled their distinction, so that the mediating materials become fully interconvertible. Such interconvertibility is what enables circulation, connection and, in so doing, occasions the moments of complexity, in which the novel and unprecedented emerges unexpectedly. In other words, the discourse of
be wonderful if only a portion of the care devoted to the development of good animal breeds ... would be applied to humans’ (quoted in Eigen, 2006: p. 188) – Frank’s work powerfully illustrates where politics leads when it takes the life of species being for its referent object of power. For animal life is also species life. Preoccupation with the species existence of human existence quickly raises the issue of extra human biopolitics in the form here, for example, of the inter-articulation of