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The theory of sovereign right functioned on the basis of the pre-determined and complementary notions of individual and society, which, at the outcome of the sovereign constitutive process, are transformed into the contracting individual and the social body constituted through the contract (whether voluntary or implicit).
The novel aspect introduced in the analysis of power by the notion of biopolitics is that the latter does not deal with society (as the judicial body defined by law and the contract), nor with the individual-body.
It is the notion of population: biopolitics is concerned with population as a political and scientific problem, as a biological issue of the exercise of power.
www.generation-online.org /c/cbiopolitics.htm   (878 words)

 Database/Body: Bioinformatics, Biopolitics, and Totally Connected Media Systems
That is, in order for a biopolitical power to be able to regulate and impel subjects in a particular way, it must organize the bodies (both individual and collective) of subjects in such a way that a managable and functional body of knowledge may be produced from those subjects.
And finally, biopolitics reproduces its continual and changing regulation of the population through another set of techniques and practices which insert this informatic knowledge back through the social-biological body of the population, culminating in a quantifiable, organizational entity which may be "touched" at a variety of points through a range of technologies.
The biopolitics of genomic science is that of an informatics of the population in which cultural issues (ethnicity, cultural diversity) are translated into informational issues (either via a universal, generalized map of the human genome, or via individualized maps of genetic diversity).
switch.sjsu.edu /web/v5n3/E-1.html   (3354 words)

 Welcome to Biopolitics
Scholars of biopolitics study the intersections of the biological and social sciences, including environmental policy, biological warfare, study of the biological bases of behavior, and biomedical technology.
In the late 1990s administration of the association and journal moved to the political science department at Utah State University and to the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, respectively.
Some students who selected biopolitics as a second field have said that biopolitics (and the ability to teach courses in contemporary issues in health and biomedical policy) was very important in their being hired.
www3.niu.edu /~ti0uxa1/Field_Biopolitics/Biopolitics.html   (450 words)

 CM2007 Article: Editorial
Nevertheless, it is this biopolitical aspect of Foucault's work (after the belated publication of the seminar in French [1997] and its translation into English [2003]) that has insistently provoked the interest of contemporary theorists.
In all of these accounts, the ‘bios’ of biopolitics is in danger of becoming as expansive a term as Marx's concept of social reproduction - a fl box where everything that had previously been discarded from economic and political philosophy is conveniently recuperated.
One of these hypotheses is that the theoretical urgency surrounding the question of biopolitics is both a response to, and responsive to, the growing importance of the life sciences within the political and economic context of late capitalism.
culturemachine.tees.ac.uk /Cmach/Backissues/j007/Articles/editorial.htm   (1990 words)

 Biopolitics — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress
In reading through The Birth of Biopolitics I reached the lecture where Foucault addresses the objection that he does without a theory of the state, and famously observes: Well, I would reply, yes, I … more »
Reviews of the Birth of Biopolitics — 7 comments
: The English translation of The Birth of Biopolitics is scheduled for an 11 April 2008 release.
wordpress.com /tag/biopolitics   (564 words)

 Biopolitics in Russia: History and Prospects for the Future   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Biopolitics concentrates on the biological dimension of the human being as "political animal" (Homo politicus) and emphasizes the common behavioral trends in humans and other forms of life.
Biopolitics is also of special interest for Russians because their political life has another significant "biological component", which was the focus of the seminal paper by L. Caldwell (1964).
Biopolitics was incorporated into the research and development projects carried out by this lab, which generally concerned itself with long-term urban planning and optimizing social and political structures in Moscow.
phm.bio.msu.ru /oldsite/edocs/oleskin-1.html   (7579 words)

 The Next Digital Divide (Articles) Alyssa Ford
Welcome to the world of biopolitics, a fledgling political movement that promises to make mortal enemies out of one-time allies -- such as back-to-nature environmentalists and technophile lefties -- and close friends of traditional foes, such as anti-GMO activists and evangelicals.
Biopolitics, a term coined by Trinity College professor James Hughes, places pro-technology transhumanists on one pole and people who are suspicious of technology on the other.
Abortion opponents again found themselves working with the left when a group of feminists and civil libertarians began pressuring the Indian government to restrict women's access to ultrasounds and abortions for fear of female infanticide.
www.utne.com /web_special/web_specials_2005-01/articles/11539-1.html   (517 words)

 The New Biopolitics | The New America Foundation
But, along with electronic commerce, transnational fanaticism, and increasingly fluid borders, there is a missing piece in the current picture of globalization, one that puts the familiar paradoxes in a new light: biopolitics, the politics of human life and reproduction.
And innovative financial arrangements could link the biopolitical fates of regions in a new model of an international and intergenerational bargain that would pave the way toward a governable globalization for mutual benefit.
Three biopolitical regions are emerging in the twenty-first century.
www.newamerica.net /publications/articles/2006/the_new_biopolitics   (4591 words)

 Democratic Transhumanism
Biopolitics is emerging as an axis of modern politics alongside economic politics and cultural politics.
I call this new axis biopolitics, and the ends of its spectrum are transhumanists (the progressives) and, at the other end, the bio-Luddites or bio-fundamentalists.
A peculiarity of current biopolitics however is that while bio-conservatives have formed alliances from right to left to oppose cloning, stem cell research, genemod food, and other biotech innovations, until very recently the majority of transhumanists have been libertarians.
www.changesurfer.com /Acad/DemocraticTranshumanism.htm   (9133 words)

The EU Environment Commissioner, Margot Wallstrom, issued a statement further compounding the belief that the EU is attempting a biopolitical compromise by simultaneously operating a public attitude agenda and a scientific agenda.
However, she did say that the Commission supported a phase-out of the use of ARM genes for biopolitical reasons.
It seems that the public perceptions of modern biotechnology are having an effect on the public policy process, which in turn is causing changes in the regulatory guidelines.
www.isb.vt.edu /articles/jul0008.htm   (981 words)

 Biopolitics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the works of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, anti-capitalist insurrection using life and the body as weapons; examples include flight from poverty and, 'in its most tragic and revolting form', suicide terrorism.
As a field of the academic discipline of political science, biopolitics is also known as "politics and the life sciences".
The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) [1] was formed in 1981 and exists to study the field of biopolitics as a subfield of political science.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Biopolitics   (300 words)

 event mechanics » Blog Archive » Biopolitics and the Sign of Biology
Biopolitics deals with the population, with the population as political problem, as a problem that is at once scientific and political, as a biological problem and as power’s problem.
The phe­nomena addressed by biopolitics are, essentially, aleatory events that occur within a population that exists over a period of time.
I mean ‘biopolitical’ precisely in the sense that Foucault used the term in his lectures published as Society Must Be Defended (243-245).
eventmechanics.net.au /?p=645   (2704 words)

 Rana Dasgupta   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In our age of biopolitics, however, the situation is changing, for the principal concern of this kind of politics is the lifespan itself.
Biopolitics is often confused with scientific and technical strategies of genetic manipulation that, at least potentially, aim at re-forming the individual living body.
Art documentation thus describes the realm of biopolitics by showing how the living can be replaced by the artificial, and how the artificial can be made living by means of a narrative.
www.ranadasgupta.com /notes.asp?note_id=34   (4561 words)

 Biopower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is thus essential to the emergence of the modern nation state, to modern capitalism, etc. Biopower is literally having power over other bodies, "an explosion of numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the subjugations of bodies and the control of populations" (History of Sexuality, Vol.I, p.140).
It relates to the government's concern with fostering the life of the population, and centers on the poles of disciplines ("an anatomo-politics of the human body") and regulatory controls ("a biopolitics of the population").
Both biopower and biopolitics are crucial to the arguments advanced in their book Empire (2000), and in the sequel, Multitude, published in 2004.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Biopower   (773 words)

The study and spread of Biopolitics, as a humanitarian movement, is particularly important among students majoring in chemical technology.
It is also, at this point, that Biopolitics is much richer than the old utilitarian approach, because it teaches how to reconstruct the ecosystem, not as it was before human influence, but in order to establish harmony for the future.
We would be glad if Biopolitics International Organisation and its president and founder, Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, could take a personal part in both seminars and help in the search for speakers and both Russian and foreign sponsors, who would cover the main preparation of expenses for the work of the school seminar in Sochi.
users.hol.gr /~bio/HTML/PUBS/VOL5/html/sar2_rus.htm   (1687 words)

 Center for the Study of Women in Society CUNY Graduate Center
Beyond Biopolitics returns to the concerns of Future Matters with a specific interest in rethinking "race," technologies of biopolitical control and political economies of affect.
Beyond Biopolitics explores the continuities and discontinuities between colonialism and neocolonialism, slavery and affective labor, settlement and diaspora, subject identities and bodies, and macro and molecular organizations of populations.
State racism extends biopolitics to the control of capacities to live and potentials to work as these are becoming exchangeable through the accumulation and mobilization of biological life independent of a human subject.
web.gc.cuny.edu /womenstudies/biopolitics.html   (445 words)

 Calls for Presentations, Papers, Publications: Collection: Bisexuality & Biopolitics of Family   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The range of this debate indicates that in the postmodern era, the cultural trope of family might undergo some redefinition, from one based on biological reproduction and lineage, and their perceived necessity, to one based on the human need for love, affinity, community, and care.
Furthermore, the presumption of exclusivity and the expectations it generates is cause for destructive conflicts in many blended families, while the widespread practice of "cheating" in monogamous relationship causes deep-seated rivalries and resentments.
Possible foci are the biopolitics of monosexuality, bisexuality, monogamy, non-monogamy, responsible non-monogamy, polygamy, polyandry, and polyamory; bisexuality and nuclear, extended, expanded, elective, tribal, and cyberspace families; and the reproduction cycles: fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, child rearing, sibling relating, biological and elective parents and relatives; and parenting, step-parenting, surrogate parenting, adoption, and grand-parenting;
www.unm.edu /~loboblog/mort/archives/006814.html   (1396 words)

 Alibris: Biopolitics
It is, for instance, widely held that the state may address human action in the ''public'' realm but not in...
A study of the culture of disability in China and the emergence of the government institution known as the China Disabled Persons' Federation.
China's giant project in social engineering has drawn worldwide attention, both because of its coercive enforcement of strict birth limits, and because of the striking changes that have occurred in China's population: one of the fastest fertility declines in modern history and a gender gap among infants that is the highest in the world.
www.alibris.com /search/books/subject/Biopolitics   (636 words)

Moreover, a "World Referendum" where every citizen can cast a vote electronically to affirm their willingness to save the environment, can contribute to the building of an e-democracy, for people everywhere to actively raise their voices against any form of environmental or societal harm.
It can provide the sensitivity we need to be able to "see" the trillions of electrons dancing on the cell membrane, the three-dimensional folding of proteins, and to "hear" the melody of endless reactions in a living system.
Vlavianos-Arvanitis (1985) Biopolitics - Dimensions of Biology, 16 pp.
www.biofocus.org /seminar04/pava.htm   (6222 words)

 Schubert helped pioneer field of biopolitics   (Site not responding. Last check: )
NIU political scientist James Schubert, a pioneer in the field of biopolitics whose innovative research won both newspaper headlines and international recognition, died Monday, Sept. 5, at his home in upstate New York.
Schubert's natural curiosity led to a wide variety of studies in biopolitics, a field that examines the intersection of politics with the life sciences.
In addition to biopolitics, Schubert was an expert in political psychology, public policy and international relations.
www.niu.edu /northerntoday/2005/sept12/schubert.shtml   (629 words)

 biopolitics of genetically modified organisms in Canada, The Journal of Canadian Studies - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
biopolitics of genetically modified organisms in Canada, The
The author traces the way in which facts and values have together given shape to a biopolitical struggle between those scientists who would frame genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a manageable risk and those who have adopted a more precautionary framing.
Three specific terms used in Canadian "science-based" regulation - "novelty," "familiarity" and "substantial equivalence" - can be seen to represent ambiguous compromises in these ongoing struggles at the international level.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3683/is_200210/ai_n9120038   (862 words)

 GÉNÉALOGIES DE LA BIOPOLITIQUE   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The aim of the genealogical project is to unravel in the history of our present the operations, effects, and interrelations of the various power mechanisms at work within it.
The perspective of “biopolitics” proposed by Foucault suggests that we are no longer only managed as subjects (under a system of sovereignty) or as bodies (under a disciplinary system), but also as undifferentiated living matter.
The following three approaches will be favored: 1) analysis of a specific object of power in the present-day culture; 2) exploration of the limits of the genealogical method; 3) examination of the power mechanisms at play in the development, communication, and institutionalization of knowledge, in particular in context of the social sciences.
www.radicalempiricism.org /biotextes/anglais_index.html   (471 words)

 My opinion Ellen Goodman: Biopolitics trumps bioethics | www.azstarnet.com ®
This is the phrase running through my head whenever I think of Terri Schiavo: May she rest in peace.
Indeed, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, living proof biopolitics can be bipartisan, wants a bill to provide federal review of any similar case.
Down here, among the biocitizenry, 78 percent of those surveyed in an ABC poll said they wouldn't want to be kept alive in Terri's condition.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/67051   (563 words)

 Direction: Christian Biopolitics: A Credo and Strategy for the Future
In the first half of the book he sketches the impasse which our society now faces—that “there are no technical solutions to such major world threats as war, population, and pollution.
In brief, Christian biopolitics is future-oriented, goal-focused and life-centred.
However, Christian Biopolitics is a book well worth going through to see whether our theology is large enough to speak to the total spectrum of man and his society.
www.directionjournal.org /article/?30   (446 words)

B.I.O. International Symposium on “Hellenic-Turkish Cooperation in Biopolitics” held in Athens under the auspices of the Turkish Ambassador to Greece, Mr.
B.I.O. Symposium on “Biopolitics – Bio-Environment” is organised in Trabzon under the auspices of the Mayor of Trabzon, Orhan Karakullukcu.
Participation by Professor Rusen Keles, Director of the Centre for Urban Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University, and President of the UNA Turkey; and Professor Dr. Ahmet Samsunlu of the Istanbul Technical University, in the Second B.I.O. International Conference on "Bios in the Next Millennium," including contributions to the volume of proceedings.
www.biopolitics.gr /HTML/progress/turkey.htm   (1127 words)

 ARTicles: Multitudes -- Biopolitics/Bioeconomics : a politics of multiplicity
At this junction and in the management of this interface liberalism is constituted as an art of government and biopolitics is born.
What needs to be changed is the level of content of human capital and to act on this “capital” a whole series of dispositifs are needed, to mobilise, solicit, incite and invest “life”.
Foucault redefines Biopolitics as a politics of “society” and not only as a “regulation of the race” (Agamben), where the heterogeneity of dispositifs intervene on the totality of conditions for life, aiming to constitute subjectivity through a soliciting of choices and individual decisions.
www.16beavergroup.org /mtarchive/archives/001567.php   (4092 words)

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