International biopolitics: Foucault, globalisation and imperialism.

Kelly, Mark G. E. (2010) International biopolitics: Foucault, globalisation and imperialism. Theoria, 57 (123) . pp. 1-26. ISSN 0040-5817 [Article] (doi:10.3167/th.2010.5712301)


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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): biopolitics; biopower; Foucault; governmentality; international
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
Item ID: 3887
Depositing User: Dr Mark G E Kelly
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010 07:59
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:32

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