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  • Introduction. Biopolitics: An Encounter / Timothy Campbell and Adam Sitze  1
    1. Right of Death and Power over Life / Michel Foucault  41
    2. "Society Must Be Defended," Lecture at the Collége de France, March 17, 1976 / Michel Foucault  61
    3. The Perplexities of the Rights of Man / Hannah Arendt  82
    4. Selections from The Human Condition / Hannah Arendt  98
    5. Introduction to Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life / Giorgio Agamben  134
    6. The Politicization of Life / Giorgio Agamben  145
    7. Biopolitics and the Rights of Man / Giorgio Agamben  152
    8. Necropolitics / Achille Mbembe  161
    9. Necro-economics: Adam Smith and Death in the Life of the Universal / Warren Montag  193
    10. Biopolitical Production / Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri  215
    11. Biopolitics as Event / Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri  237
    12. Labor, Action, Intellect / Paolo Virno  245
    13. An Equivocal Concept: Biopolitics / Paolo Virno  269
    14. The Biopolitics of Postmodern Bodies: Constitutions of Self in Immune System Discourse / Donna Haraway  274
    15. The Immunological Transformation: On the Way to Thin-Walled "Societies" / Peter Sloterdijk  310
    16. Biopolitics / Roberto Esposito  317
    17. The Enigma of Biopolitics / Roberto Esposito  350
    18. The Difficult Legacy of Michel Foucault / Jacques Rancière  386
    19. From Politics to Biopolitics . . . and Back / Slavoj Zizek  391
    20. What Is It to Live? / Alain Badiou  412
    21. Immanence: A Life / Gilles Deleuze  421
    Acknowledgment of Copyright  427
    Index  429
  • Timothy Campbell

    Michel Foucault

    Giorgio Agamben

    Achille Mbembe

    Warren Montag

    Michael Hardt

    Donna J. Haraway

    Jacques Rancière

    Slavoj Zizek

    Alain Badiou

    Gilles Deleuze

    Adam Sitze

    Antonio Negri

  • "This reader will be a landmark resource as scholarly engagement with biopolitics continues to expand in the coming years. It brings together in a single volume essential texts in the evolution of thinking about the biopolitical in the wake of the formative thought of Foucault and, later, Agamben. In addition, the selections are framed by a wonderfully nuanced and incisive introduction."—Cary Wolfe, author of Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame

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    This anthology collects the texts that defined the concept of biopolitics, which has become so significant throughout the humanities and social sciences today. The far-reaching influence of the biopolitical—the relation of politics to life, or the state to the body—is not surprising given its centrality to matters such as healthcare, abortion, immigration, and the global distribution of essential medicines and medical technologies.

    Michel Foucault gave new and unprecedented meaning to the term "biopolitics" in his 1976 essay "Right of Death and Power over Life." In this anthology, that touchstone piece is followed by essays in which biopolitics is implicitly anticipated as a problem by Hannah Arendt and later altered, critiqued, deconstructed, and refined by major political and social theorists who explicitly engaged with Foucault's ideas. By focusing on the concept of biopolitics, rather than applying it to specific events and phenomena, this Reader provides an enduring framework for assessing the central problematics of modern political thought.

    Contributors. Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Alain Badiou, Timothy Campbell, Gilles Deleuze, Roberto Esposito, Michel Foucault, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt, Achille Mbembe, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Jacques Rancière, Adam Sitze, Peter Sloterdijk, Paolo Virno, Slavoj Žižek

    About The Author(s)

    Timothy Campbell is Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of Romance Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi.

    Adam Sitze is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. He is the author of The Impossible Machine: A Genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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