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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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From Chains to Bodies

(p.327) Conclusion
Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This book depicts the death fast struggle as a concrete instance that solidifies the tensions and contradictions of a global political conjuncture in which the biopoliticization of sovereignty meets the necropoliticization of resistance. Using an analytical framework that is based on Michel Foucault's theory of power relations, the book considers the specificity of the new form of resistance performed through self-destructive techniques. A biopolitical approach, which accounts for how life becomes an object and objective of power relations, leads to a better understanding of why and how death becomes constituted into a distinct vehicle of resistance. The biopolitical framing of the narrative of the death fast struggle has several advantages over competing approaches; most important is the analysis of power relations wherein the agents of the weaponization of life are situated and through which their subjectivities and political practices are shaped and challenged.

Keywords:   death fast struggle, biopoliticization, sovereignty, necropoliticization, resistance, Michel Foucault, self-destructive techniques, power relations

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