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Starve and ImmolateThe Politics of Human Weapons$
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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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Contentions Within Necroresistance

Contentions Within Necroresistance

(p.271) Chapter 6 Contentions Within Necroresistance
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the interpretations of necroresistance as a political tactic. Through an examination of discourses concerning the participants of the death fast, especially the role of the body, violence, death, and the meaning of sacrifice, the chapter describes three distinct readings of conceptualizing the weaponization of life. As an act of resistance, it seeks to defend human dignity against the cell as a form of torture, and to campaign the deepening of democracy. As an act of class war, the movement becomes part of the struggle against capitalism. Finally, as an act of refusal, the weaponization of life initiates an ideological offensive against the state's sovereign power whose basis of legitimation is the sanctity of human life. The chapter also shows how the death fast struggle advances biopolitical claims regarding prison conditions, while constituting a necropolitical refusal of the existing order.

Keywords:   necroresistance, human weapons, democracy, capitalism, human life, death fast struggle, biopolitics, necropolitics

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