1st Edition

On Death and Death-Making in International Relations

ISBN 9781138313149
Published October 7, 2019 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

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

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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.


"The past few centuries have been marked by unprecedented, highly efficient practices of death-making on a global scale, exceptional tragedies firmly carved into the imagination of modern humanity. But not all death is spectacular. Necrogeopolitics makes an important contribution to the study of global biopolitics as it offers an excellent collection of essays, by established as well as emerging scholars, that examine how necropolitical logic continues to operate throughout the world at the level of the everyday, the banal, and the ordinary, including austerity measures, practices of social exclusion and urbicide, welfare systems, statistical measurements, and contested kill zones." - Inna Viriasova, Acadia University, author of At the Limits of the Political: Affect, Life, Things.