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On Death and Death-Making in International Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Caroline Alphin, François Debrix


214 pages

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Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in International Relations brings together a diverse array of critical IR scholars, political theorists, critical security studies researchers, and critical geographers to provide a series of interventions on the topic of death and death-making in global politics.

Contrary to most existing scholarship, this volume does not place the emphasis on traditional sources or large-scale configurations of power/force leading to death in IR. Instead, it details, theorizes, and challenges more mundane, perhaps banal, and often ordinary modalities of violence perpetrated against human lives and bodies, and often contributing to horrific instances of death and destruction. Concepts such as "slow death," "soft killing," "superfluous bodies," or "extra/ordinary" destruction/disappearance are brought to the fore by prominent voices in these fields alongside more junior creative thinkers to rethink the politics of life and death in the global polity away from dominant IR or political theory paradigms about power, force, and violence.

The volume features chapters that offer thought-provoking reconsiderations of key concepts, theories, and practices about death and death-making along with other chapters that seek to challenge some of these concepts, theories, or practices in settings that include the Palestinian territories, Brazilian cities, displaced population flows from the Middle East, sites of immigration policing in North America, and spaces of welfare politics in Scandinavian states.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Necrogeopolitics and death-making

Caroline Alphin and François Debrix

1. Not a state of exception: Weak state killing as a mode of neoliberal governmentality

Caroline Alphin

2. Political incompetence and death-making: An outline of unsuitable governance

Alexander D. Barder

3. On the loss of death: Necropolitics in the study of genocide

Benjamin Meiches

4. The violent management of peace and beauty in Rio de Janeiro

Francine Rossone de Paula

5. The necrogeopolitics of Danish welfare and the horror of responsibility

Gitte du Plessis

6. "Death in this country is normal": Quiet deaths in the Global South

Jessica Auchter

7. Cinematic encounters and frontiers of precarity

Sam Okoth Opondo and Michael J. Shapiro

8. The kill zone: Choreographies of life at the limits of a death-world

Ali H. Musleh

9. Specters of schmaltz: Aesthetics, death, and the haunting of communist kitsch

Stephen Michael Christian and Brent J. Steele

10. The earth’s dying body: On the necroeconomy of planetary collapse

Mauro J. Caraccioli

Afterword: Afterlife, afterdeath

Kennan Ferguson

About the Editors

Caroline Alphin is an Instructor in the Department of English at Radford University, USA.

François Debrix is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) doctoral program at Virginia Tech, USA.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


We are very happy to discuss your ideas at any stage of the project: just contact us for advice or proposal guidelines. Proposals should be submitted directly to the Series Editors:

‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General