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Series: Biopolitics

Michel Foucault introduced his concept of biopolitics in 1974 to describe a technique of power that appeared in Europe at the turn of the 19th century. In contrast to anatomo-politics, which seeks to discipline individual bodies and their movements, biopolitics aims at controlling mass, populational...

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Panagiotis Sotiris: On the Possibility of a Democratic Biopolitics

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forward all the questions associated with the field of biopolitics, not only in terms of theory but also in terms of government policies and measures, exemplified in the varieties of the lockdown strategy. The aim of this presentation is to suggest the possibility o...

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Michael Roberts: The Political Economy of the Pandemic

As we head towards 2021, the pandemic infection rate shows no sign of stopping or even slowing. Hospitals in the northern hemisphere are under pressure and economic activity is dropping back. Employment levels are still down and real incomes are set to fall, especially for the lower paid as jobs dis...