Elke Schwarz
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Procedural violence
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This chapter focuses more closely on the place of violence within techno-biopolitical regimes. It begins by excavating the linkages between Arendt’s biopolitical analysis and her writings on power and violence. It then argues that the anti-political essence of contemporary biopolitics opens up a pathway for instrumental violence, enabling violent practices to appear as expedient tools in the administration of humanity. Finally, it suggests that such an understanding of violence-as-politics overlooks the futility of violence as a political practice in important but rarely acknowledged ways.

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Death machines

The ethics of violent technologies


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