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Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality
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From the Back Cover
“This path-breaking anthology brings theories of racialization, the body, and biopower, into conversation with critical science and technology studies perspectives and sets this conversation in the context of the shifting, emergent geographies of globalization. These three threads of bodies, territories, and technologies weave together a diverse, wide-ranging, and highly original set of essays. The contributors offer provocative analyses of up to date phenomena ranging from access to HIV drugs, changing succession rules of the British monarchy, drones, and Australian aboriginal resistance struggles.”
-Victoria Bernal, University of California, Irvine
This book explores how technologies of media, medicine, law and governance enable and constrain the mobility of bodies within geographies of space and race. Every chapter describes and critiques the ways in which up to date technologies produce citizens according to their statistical risk or value in an atmosphere of generalised security, both on the subject of categories of race, and within the new possibilities for locating and managing bodies in space. The topics covered include: drone warfare, the global distribution of HIV-prevention drugs, racial profiling in airports, Indigenous sovereignty, consumer way of life apps and their ecological and labour costs, and anti-aging therapies.
Security, Race, Biopower makes innovative contributions to a couple of disciplines and identifies emerging social and political concerns with security, race and risk that invite further scholarly attention. It is going to be of great interest to scholars and students in disciplinary fields including Media and Communication, Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Political Science and Sociology.
About the Author
Holly Randell-Moon is Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has published on race, religion, and secularism in the journals Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, borderlands and Social Semiotics and in the edited collections Mediating Faiths (2010) and Religion After Secularization in Australia (2015). Ryan Tippet is a doctoral candidate at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research makes a speciality of surveillance and social media, taking a look in particular at the constitutive relationship between the two, whilst his previous work has examined surveillance and security discourses actually television.