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The Biopolitics of Stalinism: Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism

Sergei Prozorov


The Biopolitics of Stalinism is the first book to investigate Soviet socialism from a biopolitical perspective. While canonical theories of biopolitics of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito have focused on liberal and fascist rationalities of biopolitics, the case of Stalinism exemplifies an alternative mode of biopolitics, oriented less towards protecting life than towards transforming it in accordance with a transcendent ideal of communism. The book reconstructs this rationality in the early Stalinist project of the Great Break (1928-1932) and its subsequent modifications ... More

Keywords: biopolitics, socialism, Stalinism, revolution, political violence, political subjectivity, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474410526
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergei Prozorov, author
University of Helsinki