Biopolitics of Security in the 21st Century
A Political Analytic of Finitude
Routledge – 2014 – 240 pages
Series: PRIO New Security Studies
This book is a volume of essays on the Biopolitics of Security in the 21st Century, by Professor Mick Dillon. It is at first of its kind in that no other study currently available covers the same field of research with the same degree of innovation. There is clearly growing attention to biopolitics in general, and the biopolitics of security in particular, beyond international relations and into the social sciences more generally (Geography, Sociology, Criminology, Law, and the Management Sciences). This volume will provide a genealogy of the biopolitics of security beginning with Michel Foucault’s original account of the rise of biopolitics at the beginning of the 18th century, and will clarify and further develop Foucault’s original analytic of the biopolitics of security.
This work is an original introduction to the emerging field of the biopolitics of security, tracking its development into the 21st century, which will serve as an intellectual provocation to researchers as much as it will a pedagogical guide to graduate and undergraduate teachers.
This book will be of great interest to students of critical security studies, IR theory, political theory, philosophy and ancillary social science disciplines, such as criminology and sociology.
Introduction: Problematising Security 1. The Life and Times of Species Being: Radical Contingency and the Unconscious Metaphysics of the Biopolitical Philosophy of Life 2. Governing Through Security: Biopolitics of Security as the Extension of War by Other Means 3. Securing Species Life: The Biopolitical Economy of Circulation, Connectivity and Complexity 4. Compressing Morbidity: Securing Population in the 20th and 21st Centuries 5. Underwriting Security: Risk, Finance and Futures 6. Preferred Lives: Race and Sorting Mechanisms 7. Extra and Post Human Biopolitics: Digitalisation, Disease, and Virtuality 8. Necropolitics: The Biopolitics of the Living Dead 9. Conclusion: In Excess of Biopolitics