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Finn Stepputat

reserves the notion of sovereignty for pre- or early-modern forms of power, he is interested in how the seemingly contradictory powers of life and 18 Finn Stepputat death are related in modern societies where ‘thanato-politics’ – or necropolitics – continues to mark dynamics of political communities (Foucault 1978). Thus, modern techniques of government made possible much more exhaustive, ambitious and effective forms of sovereignty, culminating in systematic exterminations of population in modern states as well as their colonies. This was particularly evident in the

in Governing the dead