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By Brian Massumi
Published: 12 August 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7519-7
... sovereign power disciplinary power biopower ontopower nature process neoliberal capitalism ...
Published: 12 August 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375197-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7519-7
.... A distinction between system and process is developed to grasp the complexity. Foucault’s categories of powersovereign, disciplinary, biopower—are adopted and adapted. Ontopower is distinct from, and more encompassing than, all of these. Ontopower pertains to an ecology of powers also in the sense...
Book Chapter

By Brian Massumi
Published: 12 August 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7519-7
...—sovereign, disciplinary, biopower—are adopted and adapted. Ontopower is distinct from, and more encompassing than, all of these. Ontopower pertains to an ecology of powers also in the sense that it is “environmental”: bearing not on the individual or on life, but on the collective field of emergence...
Published: 04 March 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375739-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7573-9
... Might the critique of sovereignty begun by Foucault, Agamben and Derrida unwittingly have resuscitated sovereignty instead? This chapter pursues this inquiry by recovering the symbolic potential of biology that theories of biopolitics have dismissed as a veil for sovereign power. What would...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027676-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... state. In the post-World War II United States, both allegations of conspiracy and dismissals of “conspiracy theory” have become part of a robust discourse on human agency, sovereign power, and the health of the public sphere. Conspiracy discourse is a symptom of the conditions of knowledge in a security...
Series: ANIMA
Published: 22 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374671-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7467-1
... This chapter argues that a historical understanding of the government of species illuminates the present conjunction of neoliberal austerity with neoconservative expansions of security powers. In an era in which the international dominance of the United States shows signs of decline...
Published: 01 December 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2767-6
... and dismissals of “conspiracy theory” have become part of a robust discourse on human agency, sovereign power, and the health of the public sphere. Conspiracy discourse is a symptom of the conditions of knowledge in a security society in which secrets are the objects of insistent speculation, public...
Published: 21 October 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374909-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7490-9
... This chapter explores how affect operates within systems of power. Power is determined neither by language nor the operations of a sovereign consciousness, but by affective compulsions that move bodies. To draw out this motif, this chapter explores three case studies. First, critical approaches...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373391-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7339-1
... power, on the status of the sovereign exception. Asking if we might then rethink the performative more fundamentally, as a dispersion of sovereignty, the chapter interprets the cohabitation on earth and the internal company we keep as two forms of socializing plurality able to guide us beyond...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373391-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7339-1
... of conceptual conflict, the chapter advocates instead for a Hegelian analysis of the concrete universals and actual institutions that generate the moment of sovereign decision. This reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right not only explicates the universalizing ethical life of a modern society; it goes further...
Published: 26 February 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374701-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7470-1
... company, the Colombian state, and rural migrants who sought work in the oil fields. It asks how the creation of a foreign-dominated export enclave concentrated power in the sovereign territory of the nation-state and made possible the extreme exploitation, domination, and subordination of working people...
Published: 05 May 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822372998-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7299-8
... by political violence and, moreover, that sovereign structures and strictures can be observed in the photographic situation. The Bang-Bang Club’s images did not manage to expose the political nuances of the period of transition in South Africa. Rather, they became sites through which political power struggle...
Published: 07 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375302-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7530-2
... and sovereign forms of power over black life under slavery by looking at advertisements for runaway slaves and the census, as well as a set of rules from the 1800s for the management of slaves on an East Texas plantation. Drawing on novelist Caryl Phillips’s short story “The Cargo Rap,” visual artist Robin...
Series: ANIMA
Published: 22 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374671-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7467-1
... suggesting that the carceral structures of camps reveal the foundational violence of the state as the basis of politics, the chapter argues that the government of species linked structures of repressive medical power to liberal practices of medical reform. Carceral settings for segregating Hansen’s patients...
Published: 17 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7339-1
... its inherent performative power, on the status of the sovereign exception. Asking if we might then rethink the performative more fundamentally, as a dispersion of sovereignty, the chapter interprets the cohabitation on earth and the internal company we keep as two forms of socializing plurality able...
Published: 01 January 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7348-3
... pertaining to country conditions is increasingly employed in refugee matters, but the contours of expertise in statelessness claims have received little attention. Personal stories reveal the imbalance between individual agency and state power and the difficulties of proving statelessness, and show how...
Series: Global Insecurities
Published: 14 December 2018
DOI: 10.1215/9781478004301-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0430-1
... judgments while conducting their street work. Many of those judgments take place in the “gray zone,” or that space in the margins of the law and beyond. Second, it compares the form of sovereign action they undertake in that gray zone against the form of action taken in the context of traditional nation...
Published: 01 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027478-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2747-8
... do we preserve our capacity to grasp an existing system of domination in its totality while retaining a meaningful grounding in the concrete manifestation of this power in our daily lives? Patrisse Cullors Black Lives Matter T. J. Demos ...
Published: 07 April 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373162-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7316-2
... the concept relies for its coherence on long-standing logics of racial genealogy. The apparent recognition of tribal difference on the basis of a shared, trans-tribal Indianness ultimately positions Native peoples as not quite political in ways that facilitate the ongoing assertion of plenary power over...
Series: The Latin America Readers
Published: 06 July 2018
DOI: 10.1215/9780822371618-029
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7161-8
... to be acting as viceroy; though he does not name the rightful sovereign, the implication is that it was the Inka Tupac Amaru. While Segurola wrote as if his own authority were unshakeable, it was in fact Katari and his warriors who exercised greater de facto power in this critical historical moment. ...