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Foreword by Monica J. Casper and Lisa Jean Moore Preface Introduction 1 Life as the Basis of Politics 2 Life as an Object of Politics 3 The Government of Living Beings: Michel Foucault 4 Sovereign Power and Bare Life: Giorgio Agamben 5 Capitalism and the Living Multitude: Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri 6 The Disappearance and Transformation of Politics 7 The End and Reinvention of Nature 8 Vital Politics and Bioeconomy 9 Prospect: An Analytics of Biopolitics Notes References Index About the Author

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Offers a systematic overview of bio-politics, exploring its relevance in contemporary theoretical debates and providing a much needed primer on the topic

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Thomas Lemke is Heisenberg Professor for Sociology with Focus on Biotechnology, Nature and Society at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Monica J. Casper is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the School of Sociology and the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona. Her publications include Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility. Lisa Jean Moore is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid and co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. She is also co-editor of the collection The Body Reader and, with Monica Casper, oversees the series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century for NYU Press.


"Thomas Lemke's Biopolitics: An Advanced Introductionis required reading for anyone interested in this concept." -- Carlos Novas * New Genetics and Society *
"[This book] advances an analytics of 'biopolitics' as a 'prospective' methodological approach, offering a number of valuable and provocative questions to guide future research." * Foucault Studies *
"Lemke (Goethe Univ., Germany) offers an overview of biopolitics and an account of its relevance in theoretical debate... Recommended." * Choice *
"What Lemkes final chapter makes plain, and what can thus be read back into the book on the that biopolitics is a coherent field of inquiry for future work in anthropology, sociology, science studies, and of course history and philosophy, and that it is such precisely because it is a field of inquiry, namely an arena for rigorous investigation and severe thought... This is a crucial task. Lemke is to be applauded for showing both its coherence and its needfulness." * Theory & Event *

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