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    Foucault’s and Arendt’s ‘insider view’ of biopolitics: a critique of Agamben.Claire Blencowe - 2010 - History of the Human Sciences 23 (5):113-130.
    This article revisits Arendt’s and Foucault’s converging accounts of modern (bio)politics and the entry of biological life into politics. Agamben’s influential account of these ideas is rejected as a misrepresentation both because it de-historicizes biological/organic life and because it occludes the positivity of that life and thus the discursive appeal and performative force of biopolitics. Through attention to the genealogy of Arendt’s and Foucault’s own ideas we will see that the major point of convergence in their thinking is their insistence (...)
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    Biology, Contingency and the Problem of Racism in Feminist Discourse.Claire Peta Blencowe - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (3):3-27.
    In the 1970s and 1980s a strong opposition and anxiety towards biological and naturalizing knowledges was the norm in feminist discourse. In the past decades the certainties of that ‘anti-biologism’ have been challenged, in part because of a new recognition of the role of contingency in both biological determination and biological science. What seems to have survived the shift is a set of normative assumptions concerning the role of determinacy and contingency in the political implications of ontological claims: an assumed (...)
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