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Shattering Biopolitics: Militant Listening and the Sound of Life

Naomi Waltham-Smith


At the root of the marginalizations of certain forms of life, even to the point where they are deemed unworthy of living, are often mishearings or failures to listen. In short, the relation between life or death is a matter of aurality. This book analyses how in recent continental political philosophy the thought of life is intimately intertwined with theories and figures of sound and listening. Specifically, it demonstrates how the prism of aurality sharpens the affinities and disagreements between Foucauldian and post-workerist Italian biopolitical theory on the one hand and French deconstru ... More

Keywords: Agamben, aurality, biopolitics, Cixous, deconstruction, Derrida, life, listening, sound, sound art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294862
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Waltham-Smith, author
University of Warwick