Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction

Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction

Paperback Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century (Paperback)

By (author) Thomas Lemke, Introduction by Monica J. Casper, Introduction by Lisa Jean Moore

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  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 158 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 081475242X
  • ISBN 13: 9780814752425
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 120,325

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The biological features of human beings are now measured, observed, and understood in ways never before thought possible, defining norms, establishing standards, and determining average values of human life. While the notion of "bio-politics" has been linked to everything from rational decision-making and the democratic organization of social life to eugenics and racism, Thomas Lemke offers the very first systematic overview of the history of the notion of bio-politics, exploring its relevance in contemporary theoretical debates and providing a much needed primer on the topic. Lemke explains that life has become an independent, objective and measurable factor as well as a collective reality that can be separated from concrete living beings and the singularity of individual experience. He shows how our understanding of the processes of life, the organizing of populations and the need to "govern" individuals and collectives lead to practices of correction, exclusion, normalization, and disciplining. In this lucidly written book, Lemke outlines the stakes and the debates surrounding bio-politics, providing a systematic overview of the history of the notion and making clear its relevance for sociological and contemporary theoretical debates.

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Author information

Thomas Lemke is Heisenberg Professor for Sociology with Focus on Biotechnology, Nature and Society at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Review quote

"Thomas Lemke's Biopolitics: An Advanced Introductionis required reading for anyone interested in this concept."-Carlos Novas, "New Genetics and Society""

Table of contents

Contents; Acknowledgments v; 1. Introduction: Growing Up and Rising Up 1; Part I: Building the Activist Identity 28; 2. We Are Not Ophelia: Empowerment and Activist Identities 29; 3. We Are Not the Future: Claiming Youth Authority 63; 4. We Are Not Girls: Escaping and Defining Girlhood 98; Part II: Making Change Happen 136; 5. The Street Is Our Classroom: A Politics of Learning 137; 6. Join the Party: A Politics of Participation 171; 7. We've Got Spirit: A Politics of Hope 212; 8. Conclusion: Still Rising 250; Methodological Appendix 273; Notes 285; Index; About the Author