Biopolitics and Duopolies

Brett Levinson

in Market and Thought

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223848
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235421 | DOI:
Biopolitics and Duopolies

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This chapter begins with a brief reading of Carl Schmitt's The Concept of the Political, addressing one of the most salient points of this work. Schmitt suggests that international groups might exist as a “state”, as a political site, if or when they form a sovereign coalition. Foucault defines sovereignty in a manner similar to Schmitt's: the sovereign is so through the right to kill the other. Foucault's main focus, however, is the historical moment when sovereignty breaks up into related or relative forces. The discussion cites the duopoly between Coke and Pepsi, where the market becomes the overall champion. Meanwhile, it holds that biopolitics strives to stand as a disciplinary site, one that marks off, on the international stage, friends from enemies. But the frontier of biopolitics also points up the division, borders, internal contamination, and perilous breakdown of discipline.

Keywords: Foucault; biopolitics; duopolies; sovereignty; Schmitt; Pepsi; Coke

Chapter.  6258 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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