Biopolitics Is Not (Primarily) About Life: On Biopolitics, Neoliberalism and Families
Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27:3 (2013), 322-335
14 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2014
Date Written: 2013
In this paper, I argue that (1) modern biopolitics is marked less by the entry of biological life into the polis then by a new consideration of the form of life proper to humans, one defined by risk management; (2) In this regard, economics – and neoliberalism specifically – can be read as an attempt to provide an answer to what form of life is proper to humans. (3) I illustrate this with reference to the test for the BRCA (breast cancer) genetic mutation and the forms of agency it encourages.
Keywords: Foucault, biopolitics, economics, life, genetics
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