The violence that surrounded the 2016 Standing Rock protests was clearly a sign of a militarized police state protecting profit over people, but it was also a reminder of a long legacy of systemic racism toward the first peoples of this nation. The author argues that the example of Standing Rock allows us to see the convergence and conflict among neoliberal biopolitics, white environmentalism, and the notion of the commons.
A Biopolitics of the Commons
Sophia A. McClennen is director of the Center for Global Studies and professor of international affairs and comparative literature at the Pennsylvania State University. Her most recent books include Globalization and Latin American Cinema (2016) and The Debt Age (2016), edited with Jeffrey Di Leo and Peter Hitchcock.
Sophia A. McClennen; A Biopolitics of the Commons. the minnesota review 1 November 2019; 2019 (93): 68–74. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00265667-7737269
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