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Critiquing Sovereign Violence: Law, Biopolitics, Bio-Juridicalism

Gavin Rae


Sovereign violence is a dominant issue in contemporary political theory and has attracted much attention from proponents of critical theory, biopolitics, post-structuralism, and deconstruction. While heterogeneous, these commentators are united in rejecting the classic-juridical conception that holds sovereignty to be indivisible and orientated towards the establishment and maintenance of juridical order. This book argues that this rejection has been based on three distinct logics, termed the radical-juridical perspective, the biopolitical one, and the bio-juridical. The first, outlined throug ... More

Keywords: Sovereignty; Violence; Law; Biopolitics; Bio-Juridicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474445283
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Rae, author
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid