By Angus Cameron, Jen Dickinson and Nicola Smith (eds)
Physique and kingdom brings jointly unique essays addressing numerous points of the evolving interplay among our bodies and states. whereas each one essay has varied empirical and/or theoretical concentration, authors think about a few overlapping issues to understand the state's engagement with, and difficulty approximately, our bodies. Divided into 5 components, the 1st half, 'Bodies changed and Divided' considers how the construction, law, policing and upkeep of borders (physical, social, sexual, political, spiritual, etc.) are used to allow or constrain the actual (re)shaping of the physique. half , 'Capital Bodies', extends the state's hindrance with the flows of our bodies that make up the state to think about how they're enrolled within the complicated buildings of capitalist trade that shape the root for conserving and contesting a collection of relationships among states and markets. half 3, 'Deviance and Resistance', examines either how states search to self-discipline ‘non-normal’ our bodies and appreciates the potential of alterations within the socio-cultural which means and nature of our bodies to withstand and/or get away states. half 4, ‘Sovereignty and Surveillance’, develops subject matters of deviancy and resistance by way of contemplating the effect of latest applied sciences either at the intimate regulatory succeed in of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. ultimately, half 5, ‘The physique Virtual’, examines the effect of latest applied sciences and on-line areas either at the intimate regulatory achieve of states into and throughout our bodies and at the nature of embodiment itself. A diversified number of essays that tackle vital and intricate themes in a readable and inventive method.
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If this assessment is correct, a subsequent question presents itself: why is the Department of Defense so invested in the force-feeding of hunger striking detainees that it is willing to skirt existing professional and legal guidelines to do so? I begin the second half of this chapter by suggesting some of the limitations of answering this question through the lens of biopolitical theory. While the management of biological life has been widely accepted as the modus operandi of the modern state, I suggest that a too-complete acceptance of the theory of biopolitics—particularly as it appears in the writings of Giorgio Agamben—may blind us to motivations at work other than the state’s desire to reproduce its own authority over matters of life and death.
While knowledge remains imperfect about a place that so few civilians have visited (none unguided by camp authorities), our picture of the strikes and of the Department of Defense’s response to them has improved as lawyers have gained access to the detainees, and as journalists and health care practitioners have gained access to the site and its official representatives. What little outcry there has been about the Department of Defense’s treatment of the hunger strikers—most prominently in two letters published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, each with over 250 signatures (Nicholl et al.
2011. Female genital mutilation. [online]. who. int/topics/female_genital_mutilation/en/, [accessed: 29 March 2011]. Wilson, T. D. 2002. Pharaonic Circumcision Under Patriarchy and Breast Augmentation Under Phallocentric Capitalism. Violence Against Women, 8(4), 495-521. Witt, C. 1995. Anti- Essentialism in Feminist Theory. Philosophical Topics, 23(2), 321-344. This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 3 Hunger Strike: The Body as Resource Reecia Orzeck We have a policy that is to preserve life.
Body/State by Angus Cameron, Jen Dickinson and Nicola Smith (eds)