The overlap between war and crime: unpacking Foucault and Agamben’s studies within the context of the war on terror

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Abstract

This article will consider the current convergence between war and crime by unpacking Foucault’s analysis of power and Agamben’s elaboration on the conjunction between the banning of a life and the constitution of the polity. It will show that these perspectives link together crime and war as mechanisms that contribute to the governance of the population by legitimating authority and their use of force through the military and the police while excluding part of the population. It will expose how these convergences highlight the problem of the political in the constitution of the social order at the global level. In the current contingency, crime and war are strongly implicated in the crucial political function of calling people to share their similarities and differences, and yet are not the best mechanisms for dealing with the sharing of a world in common.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-58
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Foucault
  • Agamben
  • war
  • crime
  • war on terror
  • international sphere

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