The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society

2015.02.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Miguel Vatter, The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society, Fordham University Press, 2014, 403pp.,
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2015.02.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Miguel Vatter, The Republic of the Living: Biopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society, Fordham University Press, 2014, 403pp., $32.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780823256020. Reviewed by Nathan Widder, Royal Holloway, University of London The aim of this highly complex and engaging study is to demonstrate the connection between an affirmative biopolitics and a republican political spirit. Taking up recent Italian theory's formulation of Michel Foucault's biopower as containing negative and affirmative conceptions of power, Miguel Vatter holds that the affirmative form must be linked to a republican and communist (or "commune-ist") politics that offers both a critique of and an alternative to neoliberalism's negative biopolitics. In this way, he challenges a rather different notion of affirmative biopolitics that think[s] that the connection between law and life must be antinomical, as if the nondomination of life (and. . .

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