Torture, terrorism and colonial sovereignty
Morton, Stephen (2008) Torture, terrorism and colonial sovereignty. In, Morton, Stephen and Bygrave, Stephen (eds.) Foucault in an Age of Terror: Essays on Biopolitics and the Defence of Society. Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan, 183-195.
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With reference to Foucault’s Society Must Be Defended and Discipline and Punish, this essay argues that the practice of torture and indefinite detention in British-occupied Kenya, French-occupied Algeria and apartheid South Africa articulates a fundamental relationship between racism, biopolitics and modern forms of sovereignty. By reading Foucault against the writing of Frantz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Achille Mbembe, the essay proceeds to consider how the exercise of torture and indefinite detention in the colonial context illuminates the ways in which sovereign power is geopolitically differentiated.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Keywords:||foucault, biopolitics, race, war on terror|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
|Divisions :||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
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|Date Deposited:||28 Apr 2009|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 12:51|
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