Lines of Siege: The Contested Government of Nature

  • Paulo Tavares


Michel Foucault’s archaeology of modern forms of power is deeply embedded in the understanding that space is not a passive support structure of social and economic relations but the very medium of politics. This text traces the articulations between power/knowledge formations and territorial, urban and architectural arrangements, further arguing that Foucault’s definition of biopolitics must be located in relation to an ‘ecological diagram’ inside which nature appears as a fundamental locus of modes of subjugation and resistance. In the second part I draw on my current research at the frontiers of Amazonia in order to probe these theoretical insights, tracing the lines that are currently being drawn between sovereignty and nature, government and environment, politics and ecology as they unfold in the spatial conflicts of today.


Indigenous People Private Property Chicago School State Repression State Terror 
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 The author would like to thank CAPES, Minister of Culture of Brazil, for the kind support to this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador – Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y ArteQuitoEcuador

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