Critical Horizons 14 (1):44-69 (2013)
Abstract,is article addresses the relationship between sovereignty, biopolitics and governmentality in the work of Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, and Michel Foucault. By unpacking Foucault’s genealogy of modern governmentality, it responds to a criticism leveled against Foucauldian accounts of power for their alleged abandonment of the traditional model of power in juridico-institutional terms in favor of an understanding of power as purely productive. ,is claim has most signi-cantly been developed by Agamben in “Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life”. I argue that Judith Butler’s analysis of power, in particular in her essay “Inde-nite Detention”, presents a more di.erentiated account of power that registers the signi-cance of practices of sovereignty and resonates with Foucault’s lectures on “Security, Territory, Population”.
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Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège De France, 1977-1978.Michel Foucault - 2007 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Truth and Power (1977).Michel Foucault - 2007 - In Craig J. Calhoun (ed.), Contemporary Sociological Theory. Blackwell. pp. 201--208.
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Beyond the Confines of the Law: Foucault’s Intimations of a Genealogy of the Modern State.Antoon Braeckman - 2020 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 46 (6):651-675.
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