International Biopolitics: Foucault, Globalisation and Imperialism

Mark Kelly

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In this article, I present a new Foucauldian reading of the international, via Foucault?s concept of `biopolitics?. I begin by surveying the existing Foucauldian perspectives on the international, which mostly take as their point of departure Foucault?s concept of `governmentality?, and mostly diagnose a `global governmentality? or `global biopolitics? in the current era of globalisation. Against these majority positions, I argue that analysis of the contemporary international through the lens of Foucauldian biopolitics in fact shows us that our world system is marked by a parasitic imperialism of rich sovereign states over poor ones, carried on at the level of populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 26
Number of pages26
Issue number123
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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