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Violence, Territory and the Borders of Juridical–Political Order: Problematising the Limits of Sovereign Power

Nick Vaughan-Williams

in Border Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637324
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.003.0003
Violence, Territory and the Borders of Juridical–Political Order: Problematising the Limits of Sovereign Power

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This chapter moves away from the IR and related literature to explore potential resources in post-structuralist thought for an interrogation of the concept of the border of the state, highlighting the relation between state borders and practices of violence, sovereignty and (bio)power. First, it draws upon the work of Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida to analyse the violent foundations of the juridical-political order. Second, the chapter uses Carl Schmitt's paradigmatic account of sovereignty and later treatment of the relationship between spatial ordering and law to offer an interpretation of borders as exceptional spaces. Third, it explores Michel Foucault's treatment of (bio)power and notion of biopolitics.

Keywords: post-structuralist thought; state border; violence; sovereignty; Walter Benjamin; Jacques Derrida; Carl Schmitt; Michel Foucault; biopower

Chapter.  11253 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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