Humanity after biopolitics

Biopolitics, thanatopolitics, geopolitics…over the last two decades a rich literature has arisen in the humanities and social sciences around the question of how modern forms and strategies of power seize upon and shape life as a goal, threat and object, in ways that (as Michel Foucault remarked) ‘life insurance’ is bound up with ‘death command’. […]


Following is a brief excerpt from a chapter I wrote for the Oxford Handbook of International Relations, a major analytical survey of the field edited by Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal. This take on postmodernism was supportive but also somewhat critical, especially of what I take to be some key normative, analytical and political failures […]