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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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The Death Fast Struggle and the Weaponization of Life

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Starve and Immolate

Banu Bargu

Columbia University Press

This book chronicles the story of the death fast struggle in Turkey while examining it from the angle of self-destructive practices. One of the most common explanations regarding these self-destructive forms of political struggle states that the weaponization of life, such as self-sacrifice in the name of God, is pursued in order to achieve martyrdom. Another explanation addresses the individual psychology, where the reasons for such actions can be attributed to post-traumatic disorders, depression, and personal pathologies. The book builds upon a Foucauldian stance, particularly Michel Foucault's dual thesis on how life becomes an object of regulation and how death falls from the scope of the political due to the emergence of biopolitics. The growing prevalence of utilizing human weapons, or necroresistance, is structured not only by the biopolitical valorization of life but also by the ongoing presence of the sovereign power of life and death.

Keywords:   death fast struggle, Turkey, self-sacrifice, political struggle, self-destruction, martyrdom, personal pathologies, Michel Foucault, biopolitics, necroresistance

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