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 pp. 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.

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ISBNs: 9780230574335 (print)
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Keywords: foucault, biopolitics, race, war on terror

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29 May 2008Published
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:44
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