Rowman and Littlefield International

Biopolitical Governance

Race, Gender and Economy

Edited by Hannah Richter

Part of the series Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality

Publication Date: May 2018

Pages 272

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For years critical theorists and Foucauldian biopolitical theorists have argued against the Aristotelian idea that life and politics inhabit two separate domains. In the context of receding social security systems and increasing economic inequality, within contemporary liberal democracies, life is necessarily political.

This collection brings together contributions from both established scholars and researchers working at the forefront of biopolitical theory, gendered and sexualised governance and the politics of race and migration, to better understand the central lines along which the body of the governed is produced, controlled or excluded.

Introduction: The Two Bodies of Biopolitics, Hannah Richter

Part I: The Politics of Life Beyond Foucault

Chapter 1: Foucault and the Two Approaches to Biopolitics, Marco Piasentier

Chapter 2: The Life Function: The Biopolitics of Sexuality and Race Revisited, Jemima Repo

Chapter 3: “Measurement of Life”: The Disciplinary Power of Racism, Hidefumi Nishiyama

Part II: Mapping Intersectional Geographies of the Body: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Economy

Chapter 4: Homo Sacer is Syrian: Movement-Images from the European “Refugee Crisis”, Hannah Richter

Chapter 5: The Biopolitical Economy of “Guest” Worker Programs, Greg Bird

Chapter 6: The Biopolitics of Donation: Gender, Labour and Motherhood in the Tissue Economy, Maria Fannin

Chapter 7: Mapping the Will for Otherwise: Towards an Intersectional Critique of the Biopolitical System of Neoliberal Governmentality, Charlie Yi Zhang

Part III: Embodied Life: Erasure, Contagion, Immunisation

Chapter 8: On the Government of Bisexual Bodies. Asylum Case Law and the Biopolitics of Bisexual Erasure, Christian Klesse

Chapter 9: A Death-Bound Subject: The Gravedigger of the Unmarked Mass Graves in Kashmir, Shubranshu Mishra

Chapter 10: Biopolicing the Crisis: Gendered and Racialised “Health Threats” and Neoliberal Governmentality in Greece and Beyond, Dimitra Kotouza

Chapter 11: Suffocation and the Logic of Immunopolitics, Benoît Dillet

Hannah Richter should be congratulated on gathering such a rich collection of research, analysing the biopolitical mechanisms of racialisation and gender/sexual normalisation and their specific operational logics. This is a major contribution to Foucauldian scholarship, with contemporary explorations of how both governmental and resistant power are produced at the bodily intersection of race, sex, gender, economic value and citizenship status.
David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster
A theoretically sophisticated and empirically original text. Its authors argue with and beyond Foucault on both counts. Most especially useful is the way the text covers the areas that Foucault, and others, have been most criticised for neglecting. Populations and bodies are not what they used to be. Richter and her contributors take biopolitical analysis into a new age.
Michael Dillon, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Lancaster University
By testing the limits of the notion of population, this collection of essays shows that Foucault’s biopolitics continues to inspire original research. Gender, race and economy are constitutive elements of biopolitical governance, but they also produce unpredictable assemblages that a unified understanding of population does not capture. An exciting reading for both supporters and opposers of Foucault’s biopolitics.
Federico Luisetti, Professor of Italian Studies, University of St. Gallen
Richter and colleagues provide a timely engagement with the often-forgotten problem of embodied governmental production. By creatively challenging the continuous, if normalised, splitting of the two bodies of governmental power, they offer a fresh perspective from which to think about the politically productive body of the governed. Their work pushes the problem of the valuation of life two steps further.
Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Professor of History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen
Hannah Richter is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, as well as PhD Candidate in Political and Social Thought at the University of Kent, UK.

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