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Banu Bargu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163408

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163408.001.0001

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Biosovereignty and Necroresistance

Biosovereignty and Necroresistance

(p.37) Chapter 1 Biosovereignty and Necroresistance
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This chapter begins by depicting the death-event of a hunger striker in the death fast struggle, highlighting the relationship between the state and the insurgent's body—a relation that can be viewed as a sign of the nature of the dominant power regime. It traces the changing nature of sovereignty and resistance within a biopolitical problematic. Through a close inspection of Michel Foucault's work, Giorgio Agamben's, and other proponents of the biopolitical paradigm, the chapter introduces and develops the concepts of biosovereignty and necroresistance. It also addresses the specific study of the death fast struggle in Turkey in an effort to elaborate the nature and political aspects of the two frameworks.

Keywords:   death fast struggle, hunger strike, dominant power, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, biosovereignty, necroresistance, biopolitical paradigm

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