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The destruction, death and militarization of everyday life

NECROPOLITICS / To leave millions of people to hunger, epidemics, war and escape.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

With his analysis of brutalism, Mbembe makes a contribution to what is necessary postcolonial corrective to Foucaults thesis on biopower. He confronts the thesis of the administration of life with the outer limit of this life; the destruction, death and militarization of everyday life.

What used to be the biopolitical exception – violence, war, death and destruction – and which were previously primarily attributed to the "margins" of the empire, to the colonies, is now becoming the rule everywhere. And not just in the boundaries of the residual empires, but also internally in the promised western continents, where border violence is a permanently present aspect of migrants and other racialized bodies: «Border violence has become one of the most significant features of our time. Little by little, the fight against so-called illegal migrants has evolved into a social warfare on a global scale. This war is no longer fought against specific individuals, but is instead directed at entire classes and populations.

A "link between biopower, state of emergency and state of siege".

Warfare now combines military, police and security techniques with the bure Aukra athletic-administrative techniques and thus pave the way for a cold and distant violence, which is sometimes no less bloody than before. “This warfare is based on that Mbembe describes as a «planetary reconfiguration of space», where the violence accompanies each of. . .

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Dominique Routhier
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