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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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The Biosovereign Assemblage and Its Tactics

The Biosovereign Assemblage and Its Tactics

(p.125) Chapter 3 The Biosovereign Assemblage and Its Tactics
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the concept of biosovereignty by looking at the methods of its implementation. Biosovereignty challenges the traditional understanding of governmentality wherein standard techniques of power based on the extraction of the citizens' loyalty are dismissed in favor of new ones. The Turkish state proposed a new penal regime by making law, implementing said regime by making war, and securing that regime by making peace, including the release of amnesties and artificial feeding of hunger strikers. The transition towards a more efficient and calculated penal government of “internal enemies” was continuously supported and implemented by traditional instruments of sovereignty. The chapter also presents the combination of sovereign power with disciplinary and biopolitical logics of political rule in a developing biosovereign assemblage.

Keywords:   biosovereignty, Turkish state, penal government, sovereignty, biopolitical logics, biosovereign assemblage

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