Critical Horizons 14 (1):44-69 (2013)

,is article addresses the relationship between sovereignty, biopolitics and governmentality in the work of Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, and Michel Foucault. By unpacking Foucault’s genealogy of modern governmentality, it responds to a criticism leveled against Foucauldian accounts of power for their alleged abandonment of the traditional model of power in juridico-institutional terms in favor of an understanding of power as purely productive. ,is claim has most signi-cantly been developed by Agamben in “Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life”. I argue that Judith Butler’s analysis of power, in particular in her essay “Inde-nite Detention”, presents a more di.erentiated account of power that registers the signi-cance of practices of sovereignty and resonates with Foucault’s lectures on “Security, Territory, Population”.
Keywords Agamben  biopolitics  Butler  Foucault  governmentality  sovereignty
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1179/15685160X13A.0000000003
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 58,467
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Subject and Power.Michel Foucault - 1982 - Critical Inquiry 8 (4):777-795.

View all 36 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A 'Retro‐Version' of Power: Agamben Via Foucault on Sovereignty.Peter Gratton - 2006 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9 (3):445-459.
On Giorgio Agamben’s Naked Life.Walter Brogan - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):113-124.
On the “Perfect Time of Human Experience”.Benjamin S. Pryor - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):65-78.
On the 'Perfect Time of Human Experience': Agamben and Foucault.Benjamin S. Pryor - 2008 - Veritas – Revista de Filosofia da Pucrs 53 (1):65-78.
Foucault: Issues and Legacy.Jason L. Powell (ed.) - 2012 - Nova Science Publishers.
Julia Kristeva and the Politics of Life.Sarah K. Hansen - 2013 - Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 21 (1):27-42.
What Does Foucault Think is New About Neo-Liberalism?John Protevi - 2009 - Pli: Warwick Journal of Philosophy 21:1-25.
Giorgio Agamben: Sovereignty and Life.Matthew Calarco & Steven DeCaroli (eds.) - 2007 - Stanford University Press.


Added to PP index

Total views
57 ( #177,715 of 2,421,190 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #543,757 of 2,421,190 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes