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The Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics

Edited by: Sergei Prozorov , Simona Rentea

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472449641
eBook ISBN: 9781315612751
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044086

10.4324/9781315612751
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The problematic of biopolitics has become increasingly important in the social sciences. Inaugurated by Michel Foucault’s genealogical research on the governance of sexuality, crime and mental illness in modern Europe, the research on biopolitics has developed into a broader interdisciplinary orientation, addressing the rationalities of power over living beings in diverse spatial and temporal contexts.


The development of the research on biopolitics in recent years has been characterized by two tendencies: the increasingly sophisticated theoretical engagement with the idea of power over and the government of life that both elaborated and challenged the Foucauldian canon (e.g. the work of Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Roberto Esposito and Paolo Virno) and the detailed and empirically rich investigation of the concrete aspects of the government of life in contemporary societies. Unfortunately, the two tendencies have often developed in isolation from each other, resulting in the presence of at least two debates on biopolitics: the historico-philosophical and the empirical one. This Handbook brings these two debates together, combining theoretical sophistication and empirical rigour.


The volume is divided into five sections. While the first two deal with the history of the concept and contemporary theoretical debates on it, the remaining three comprise the prime sites of contemporary interdisciplinary research on biopolitics: economy, security and technology. Featuring previously unpublished articles by the leading scholars in the field, this wide-ranging and accessible companion will both serve as an introduction to the diverse research on biopolitics for undergraduate students and appeal to more advanced audiences interested in the current state of the art in biopolitics studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Biopolitics in the Political Thought of Classical Greece Download PDF
Chapter  3:  ‘The Government of a Multitude’ Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Nietzsche and Biopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Biopolitics before Foucault Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Foucault, Biopolitics and Aesthetics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Biopolitics and Socialism Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri on ‘Postmodern Biopolitics’ Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Community, Life, and Subjectivity in Italian Biopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Carl Schmitt, Giorgio Agamben and the ‘Nomos’ of Contemporary Political Life Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Gender Equality as Bioeconomic Governmentality in a Neoliberal EU Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Nature Saved Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Cognitive Capitalism and the Governance of the Prefrontal Cortex Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Bodies, Populations, Citizens Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Biopolitics of European Border Security  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Biopolitics of the Global Governance of HIV/AIDS Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Biopolitics of Asylum Law in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Beyond Biopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Biopolitics and Human Reproduction Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Human Life between Biology and Law in Germany Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Genopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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