© 2007

The Logics of Biopower and the War on Terror

Living, Dying, Surviving

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth¬†Dauphinee
  • Cristina¬†Masters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Bodies, Lives, Deaths

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roxanne Lynn Doty
      Pages 3-24
    3. Cristina Masters
      Pages 43-57
  3. Cinematics, Culture, Aesthetics

  4. Regulation, Securitization, Preemption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Engin F. Isin, Kim Rygiel
      Pages 181-203
    3. Elizabeth Dauphinee
      Pages 229-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-252

About this book


The contributors explores the intellectual, cultural, and political logics of the US-led war on terror and its consequences on lived lives in a range of contexts. The book interrogates the ways in which biopolitical practices hinge on political imaginaries and materialities of violence and death.


human rights Policy terrorism violence war

About the authors

CRISTINA MASTERS is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.

ELIZABETH DAUPHINEE is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Bibliographic information


"The Logics of Biopower gives an authoritative account of the 'War on Terror' as a place in which sovereign power meets biopolitics. It includes some outstanding contributions to Foucauldian analysis in International Relations and has the rare virtue of making the reader re-think their assumptions of how international politics works. This book provides insights into aspects of the 'War on Terror' all too easily forgotten or marginalised in mainstream work on international relations." - Kimberly Hutchings, Reader in International Relations, London School of Economics"This book offers telling and disturbing insights into how the 'war on terror' works and upon whose bodies it takes effect. It reveals deserts, borders, camps, hotel laundries and cars as the new sites of conflict. Its richly theoretical analysis of the everyday world of photographs and movies, and its descriptions of people and events, demonstrates energetic resistance to the 'us' and 'them,' dead or alive narratives of war that encourage complicity in all of us. And in naming the dead, living, and otherwise, it retrieves the humanity of war's victims. This volume introduces outstanding young critical thinkers and confirms the reputations of established scholars in a collection of seminal importance."

- Simon Philpott, Lecturer in International Politics, Newcastle University