Theory of the drone 11: Necro-ethics

Derek Gregory continues his series of posts on Grégoire Chamayou‘s Théorie du drone.

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This is the 11th in a series of extended posts on Grégoire Chamayou‘s Théorie du drone and covers the first two of three chapters that constitute Part III: Necro-ethics.

The title recalls Achille Mbembe‘s seminal essay on ‘Necropolitics’ [Public culture 15 (1) (2003) 11-40], where he cuts the umbilical cord between sovereignty and the state (and supranational institutions) and, inspired by Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben, argues that ‘the ultimate expression of sovereignty resides, to a large degree, in the power and the capacity to dictate who may live and who must die.’  Necropolitics is thus about ‘contemporary forms of subjugation of life to the power of death’ – and at the limit the creation of what Mbembe calls ‘death-worlds’.

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Mbembe develops his thesis in part – and for good reason – in relation to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  I imagine readers will know that…

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1 Response to Theory of the drone 11: Necro-ethics

  1. dmfant says:

    I’ve written to see if there is another audio file for: http://vimeo.com/68755802
    and will post it if there is.

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