Bodies, Affects, Politics

Pile, Steve (2021). Bodies, Affects, Politics. RGIS-IBG Book Series. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118901922

URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9...

Abstract

Bodily regimes seek to organise and control bodies. To do so, they create various schemas that render the body identifiable and knowable. Schemas associated with blood and skin, for example, enable bodies to be assigned to proper places and then policed if they appear out of place. In the face of uncertainty over the body, the policing of bodies can become oppressive and brutal. Politics, then, emerges as a struggle against oppressive bodily regimes. But, what if bodies are governed by more than one bodily regime? Uncertainties associated with bodies proliferate. And struggles against bodily regimes emerge from the clash between bodily regimes. This book seeks to understand the coexistence of bodily regimes and the politics that emerges from the clash between them. It shows how affects are captured these struggles. In these struggles, Bodies, Affects, Politics sees the possibility of living bodies differently.

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