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Biopolitics/Foucault II

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223848.003.0012
Biopolitics/Foucault II

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Like many before him, Foucault draws a strong connection between language and death. He describes the aversion of discourse in similar terms which he later used to posit the biopolitical “ban” on death: “I am supposing that in every society the production of discourse is at once controlled, selected, organized and redistributed according to a certain number of procedures, whose role is to avert its powers and its dangers”. In order to respond to such a claim, the chapter weighs three related issues: the news media, ideology, and consciousness raising. It examines Agamben's treatment of Debord's Society of the Spectacle, offering a model for analyzing the role of the media in the discussion of biopolitics. It also highlights the connection between the loss of language as the loss of what is common to man and as a manifestation of the society of the spectacle.

Keywords: news media; consciousness raising; Foucault; biopolitics; Society of the Spectacle; Agamben; Debord

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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