Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life by Allen Meek

By Allen Meek

This publication offers an ancient account of media and disaster that engages with theories of biopolitics within the paintings of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri and others. It explains how responses to disaster in media and cultural feedback during the last a hundred and fifty years are embedded in organic conceptions of lifestyles and dying, illness and immunity, race and species. Mediated disaster is usually understood this present day when it comes to collective reminiscence and based on healing or redemptive bills of trauma. not like those ways this e-book emphasizes using media to list, archive and research actual visual appeal and move; to trap viewer consciousness via surprise; to observe and keep an eye on our bodies in economies of construction and intake; to enmesh social relatives in info networks; and situate topics in discourses of victimhood, immunity, survival and resilience. Chapters are enthusiastic about ancient case stories of early images, Nazi propaganda, colonial stereotypes, Hiroshima, the Holocaust, the chilly conflict and the struggle on terror.

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In the early nineteenth century the German physiologist Franz Joseph Gall developed the science of phrenology which read character through the shape of the head. This approach became universally used to support racial theories and racist caricatures, particularly of Jews and Negroes (Mosse 24–29). Cesare Lombroso’s phrenology of the criminal served in a similar way the policing of the urban masses in Western industrialized nations. The Biotype and the Anthropological Machine 37 Englishman Francis Galton’s photographic studies also used the face as physical evidence of predefined types.

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