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Twenty-First Century Biopolitics

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Bogdana Koljevic

What are phenomena of contemporary biopolitics in the twenty-first century? Foucault’s theory of biopolitics as neoliberalism is opposed to post-political theories developed by Agamben, Hardt and Negri and as such – more instructive. Because microstrategy of power is not Foucault’s final word on politics, political genealogy opens the space for creative and local critique of biopolitics. And if military interventions, terrorism and wars against terrorism are exemplary phenomena of biopolitics, bellum justum is a contradictio in adjecto. In response to such biopolitics, the relation between sovereignty and democracy is re-examined and we are entering a time of small revolutions.
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Arab Spring Between Biopolitics And Democratic Uprising Of The People……

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Arab Spring Between Biopolitics And Democratic Uprising Of The People

How are we now to interpret the phenomena of the so-called Arab Spring, i.e. a series of turbulent uprisings throughout the Arab world, which have not only structurally shaken the political order, producing political earthquakes of extraordinary dimensions, but have also appeared as theoretical and practical symbols of the birth of a new world, as events which surpass local frameworks and potentially expand beyond all existing borders? Are we faced with authentic opposition to multiple forms of domestic and foreign imperial politics, with the democratic uprisings of the people against totalitarian regimes? Or is something very different at stake – a biopolitical process which actually suggests the continuity and strengthening of the neoliberal trans-national Atlantic order in Africa? And how far is justified the thesis that the original becoming of political subjectivities is here taking place, i.e. that a form of “Arab Enlightenment” has reached its peak, bringing forth a particular political self-consciousness and emancipation? And how much truth lies in the insistence that this is an exemplary case of contemporary political virtualities, of the simulation and production of a quasi-democratic revolution, whereas, in reality, we witness strong influence of mostly particular Western interests in these areas? What are the causes and what are the effects of political and cultural, essential and existential, conceptual and material transformations of the Arab world which are taking place in front of our eyes?

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