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Sovereignty and Its OtherToward the Dejustification of Violence$
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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251353

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251353.001.0001

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Democracy and Its Other

Democracy and Its Other

Biopolitical Sovereignty

(p.153) 5 Democracy and Its Other
Sovereignty and Its Other

Dimitris Vardoulakis

Fordham University Press

Chapter 5 Shows that the characteristic of biopolitical sovereignty is that it appears as pure regulation in the sense that the means of the exercise of power appear to justify the means of the exercise of violence. It is argued, however, that the idea of an end is implicit because biopolitics relies on the operation of ancient and modern justifications of sovereign violence. The problem of resistance to power is further discussed with reference to Michel Foucault's position that any confrontation with power is doomed to increase its strength. A different strategy of resistance and of agonistic democracy is proposed through a reading of Coetzee's Life And Times of Michael K.

Keywords:   Biopolitics, Biopower, Representative Democracy, Marx, Eighteenth Brumaire, Michael Foucault, Racism, J. M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K.

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