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Encounters with biosocial power
Author: Kevin Ryan

Refiguring childhood stages a series of encounters with biosocial power, which is a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics. Assembled at the intersection of thought and practice, biosocial power attempts to bring envisioned futures into the present, taking hold of life in the form of childhood, thereby bridging being and becoming while also shaping the power relations that encapsulate the social and cultural world(s) of adults and children. Taking up a critical perspective which is attentive to the contingency of childhoods – the ways in which particular childhoods are constituted and configured – the method used in the book is a transversal genealogy that moves between past and present while also crossing a series of discourses and practices framed by children’s rights (the right to play), citizenship, health, disadvantage and entrepreneurship education. The overarching analysis converges on contemporary neoliberal enterprise culture, which is approached as a conjuncture that helps to explain, and also to trouble, the growing emphasis on the agency and rights of children. It is against the backdrop of this problematic that the book makes its case for refiguring childhood. Focusing on the how, where and when of biosocial power, Refiguring childhood will appeal to researchers and students interested in examining the relationship between power and childhood through the lens of social and political theory, sociology, cultural studies, history and geography.

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The power of remote vision

This book investigates drone technology from a humanities point of view by exploring how civilian and military drones are represented in visual arts and literature. It opens up a new aesthetic ‘drone imaginary’, a prism of cultural and critical knowledge, through which the complex interplay between drone technology and human communities is explored, and from which its historical, cultural and political dimensions can be assessed. The contributors to this volume offer diverse approaches to this interdisciplinary field of aesthetic drone imaginaries. Sprouting from art history, literature, photography, feminism, postcolonialism and cultural studies, the chapters provide new insights to the rapidly evolving field of drone studies. They include historical perspectives on early unmanned aviation and aerial modes of vision; they explore aesthetic configurations of drone swarming, robotics and automation; and they engage in current debates on how drone technology alters the human body, upsets available categories, and creates new political imaginaries.

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Peter Triantafillou and Naja Vucina

and Denmark. The biopolitical concern with body weight and mental health has not only been addressed through curative approaches but also through a number of preventive approaches, which culminated with the eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century. Thus, preventive interventions directly intervening in the lives of individuals in the name of the population’s productivity and vigour are clearly not new. Viewed at this fairly abstract level, health promotion seems to amount to little more than a tiny permutation of the kind of biopower emerging in

in The politics of health promotion
Representing organ trafficking in Asian cinemas
Katarzyna Ancuta

, bio-power and its derivative, bio-violence, are effective measures in place to ensure that the system benefits only the privileged. Bio-power and bio-violence Paul Farmer has argued that human suffering is ‘structured by historically given (and often economically driven) processes and forces that conspire … to constrain agency’ ( 1996

in Neoliberal Gothic
Yehonatan Alsheh

neither the subject (as it is for sovereign power and pastoral power) nor the singular human body (as it is for disciplinary power), but the biological features of human beings as they are measured and aggregated on the level of populations.11 Interchangeably using the term ‘biopower’, Foucault tried to capture the emergent development of technologies of power that address the management of and control over populations. The technologies collected under the title of biopower have been superimposed on top of and around the already pervasive disciplinary technologies of

in Human remains and mass violence
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Corpses and mass violence: an inventory of the unthinkable
Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

resonant marker of identity on many levels, but also as the ultimate seat of affect, provides a solid starting point for a reading of human cultures as a coherent whole, whether as part of a literary, or biological or historical approach. The body, then, is a theme which not only runs across all the human sciences,21 but also possesses longstanding legitimacy and has recently seen an upsurge in interest in light of technological developments and the emergence of the concept of biopower.22 Yet, while the body, when alive, is considered from almost every possible

in Human remains and mass violence
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Biosocial power and normative fictions
Kevin Ryan

discuss biosocial power in detail in chapter 2; suffice for now to sketch an initial outline of its coordinates.1 The first and perhaps most important thing to note is that biosocial power is not outside of/external to biopower. Instead, it demarcates a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics – ways of administering life that span the disciplining of individual bodies and the regulation of populations (Foucault 1998: 139–40). 2 Refiguring childhood Secondly, and borrowing from Agamben (1998), biosocial power operates

in Refiguring childhood
The violent pursuit of cultural sovereignty during authoritarian rule in Argentina
Antonius C.G.M. Robben

the divine social hierarchy as maintaining an unjust social inequality. The Argentine dictatorship was determined to cleanse the national body and spirit of such forces and ideas, described as cancers and viruses. Tens of thousands of people were disappeared through state terrorism, at least 10,000 of them were assassinated, others were forced into exile, while only an estimated 100 captives passed through a few rehabilitation programmes. 146 Antonius C. G. M. Robben The chapter’s main argument is that necropower and biopower were under military rule no longer

in Governing the dead
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Kimberly Hutchings

present with a vision of a radically democratic global future. As with Habermas’s (and the other post-Kantian theorists discussed above) use of Kant’s work, Hardt and Negri argue that although they draw on Marx’s work, they are not committed to his philosophy of history. In its place, they put forward an alternative theorisation of world-political time, one which combines Marx’s historical materialism with arguments drawn from the analysis of ‘biopower’ in Foucault and Deleuze and Guattari (Hardt and Negri 2000: 22–29).12 Hardt and Negri diagnose the present as the

in Time and world politics
Transgender patients in early Swedish medical research
Julian Honkasalo

for the 1972 ‘sex determination’ legislation, which was the first ‘trans law’ in the word. It was also the first sterilization law to target trans persons specifically. Sterilization as a form of biopower over the population operates through an intervention into reproductive future, that is, temporality at the level of the population. Hence, in the context of my inquiry, power over trans temporality operates both at the level of the subject and the population, rendering trans persons vulnerable to bioprecarity. In the introduction to Intimate Labors: Cultures

in Bodily interventions and intimate labour