Beyond Biopolitics Essays on the Governance of Life and Death

Under the auspices of neoliberalism, technical systems of compliance and efficiency have come to underwrite the relations among the state, the economy, and a biopolitics of war, terror, and surveillance. In Beyond Biopolitics, prominent theorists seek to account for and critically engage the tendencies that have informed neoliberal governance in the past and are expressed in its reformulation today. As studies of military occupation, the policing of migration, blood trades, financial markets, the war on terror, media ecologies, and consumer branding, the essays explore the governance of life and death in a near-future, a present emptied of future potentialities. The contributors delve into political and theoretical matters central to projects of neoliberal governance, including states of exception that are not exceptional but foundational; risk analysis applied to the adjudication of “ethical” forms of war, terror, and occupation; racism and the management of the life capacities of populations; the production and circulation of death as political and economic currency; and the potential for critical and aesthetic response. Together, the essays offer ways to conceptualize biopolitics as the ground for today’s reformulation of governance.


Social political discourse of the surveillance society
Yumurtacı, Egemen Nilüfer; Okyayuz, Mehmet; Department of Science and Technology Policy Studies (2003)
This thesis aims to discuss the Surveillance Society discourse, especially in relation with political analysis in a historical framework by means of new technologies. This study also analyzes the use of so-called revolutionary information and telecommunication technologies for data recording and tracking is analyzed, which is used to regulate the order of the system by the power holders. The limits of thought are traced to Foucault and Lyon. To this context an attempt is made to show that surveillance/ moni...
Losing the sight of the whole : a critical review of three schools of international political economy on globalisation and the state
Nazikoğlu, Zeynep; Yalman, Osman Galip; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2004)
Within this thesis, the dominant conceptualisations of the state/market and the national/global within international political economy are put into a critical scrutiny. It is emphasized that within most of the analyses of globalisation and the state, these conceptualisations are built in a dualist manner and that the internal relation between them is ignored. Within this context, it will be focused on three prominent approaches in contemporary international political economy literature, namely regulation ap...
Authoritarianism versus democracy in Uzbekistan: domestic and international factors
Aydın, Gülşen; Bölükbaşıoğlu, Süha; Department of International Relations (2004)
The objective of this thesis is to analyze the authoritarian Karimov regime in post-Soviet Uzbekistan on a comprehensive basis and shed light on the domestic and international factors that has shaped this regime. The thesis consists of three main parts. The first part of the study defines the concepts of democracy and authoritarianism and provides the criteria to determine if a regime is democratic or authoritarian. The second part applies the theoretical framework developed in the first part to Uzbekistan....
Security Sector Reform: Defence Reform in South Sudan between 2005 and 2013
McLean, Fiona; Baracco, Luciano; Political Science and International Relations (2018-4)
The internationally dominant framework for Security Sector Reform presents an integrated, holistic approach to national security sector management that claims to deliver, through international donors, a system for conflict-prone countries that will contribute to the stability required to enable sustainable peace and development. Security Sector Reform policy explains how a prescribed methodology, based on liberal democratic principles of good governance, contributes to long-term conflict prevention by addre...
The Organization for security and co-operation in europe in the post-cold war era: an analysis of its comprehensive approach to security
Karaaslan, Hakan; Bağcı, Hüseyin; Tanrısever, Oktay Fırat; Department of International Relations (2015)
The main objective of the dissertation is to analyze the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) ‘comprehensive approach to security’ in its region in the new security environment of the post-Cold War era. This dissertation presents an in-depth analysis of the OSCE’s practices over three dimensions of security, namely politico-military, economic-environmental and human dimensions, within the conceptual framework of ‘comprehensive security’. Despite the ongoing debates on the relevancy ...
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Ç. Topal, Beyond Biopolitics Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. 2011, p. 257.