Against the Grain

Biopolitical Power and the Carceral State

Power comes in different flavors, asserted the French theorist Michel Foucault. Sarah Burgess explains the difference between sovereign power and biopolitical power; she also discusses biopolitical practices and rhetorics of power in the context of the easily preventable death of a Canadian woman in her prison cell.

Happe, Johnson, and Levina, eds., Biocitizenship: The Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power NYU Press, 2018


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