Between Life and Death

  • Sophie Fuggle
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)


What does it mean to be alive in the twenty-first century? Žižek, as quoted in the previous chapter, offers up some suggestions: the suicide bomber at the moment before detonation, the soldier turned computer-programmer who never has to face real hand-to-hand combat, and the affluent Westerner whose paranoid fear over death and aging is managed through suffocating fitness and dietary regimes. To these we might add the inmates of Guantanamo, the ones “the bombs missed”; the college students pumped full of Prozac and lithium because the pressure of grades, tuition fees, and social acceptance prove too much to actually “live” through; and the migrant workers forced to live in underpasses and garbage disposal units having left their homes, families, and communities in search of a “better” life.


Jewish People Body Politic Sovereign Power Eternal Life Disciplinary Power 
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