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Market and ThoughtMeditations on the Political and Biopolitical$
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Brett Levinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823223848

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823223848.001.0001

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Biopolitics and Duopolies

Biopolitics and Duopolies

Toward Foucault's “Society Must Be Defended”

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(p.40) 2. Biopolitics and Duopolies
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Market and Thought
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Brett Levinson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823223848.003.0003

This chapter begins with a brief reading of Carl Schmitt's The Concept of the Political, addressing one of the most salient points of this work. Schmitt suggests that international groups might exist as a “state”, as a political site, if or when they form a sovereign coalition. Foucault defines sovereignty in a manner similar to Schmitt's: the sovereign is so through the right to kill the other. Foucault's main focus, however, is the historical moment when sovereignty breaks up into related or relative forces. The discussion cites the duopoly between Coke and Pepsi, where the market becomes the overall champion. Meanwhile, it holds that biopolitics strives to stand as a disciplinary site, one that marks off, on the international stage, friends from enemies. But the frontier of biopolitics also points up the division, borders, internal contamination, and perilous breakdown of discipline.

Keywords:   Foucault, biopolitics, duopolies, sovereignty, Schmitt, Pepsi, Coke

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