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    Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction (Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the 21st Century (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Thomas Lemke, Introduction by Monica J. Casper, Introduction by Lisa Jean Moore

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    DescriptionThe 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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    An Advanced Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Lemke, Introduction by Monica J. Casper, Introduction by Lisa Jean Moore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 158
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780814752425
    ISBN 10: 081475242X

    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.0
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BIC subject category V2: JFFH
    DC22: 320.01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, MED036000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: JA80 .L46 2011
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPA, JBFN
    New York University Press
    Imprint name
    New York University Press
    Publication date
    29 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    ."..Thomas Lemke's Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction is 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