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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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‘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