Marina Grzinic and Sefik Tatlic, Necropolitics, Racialization, and Global Capitalism. Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014.
Central European University, Budapest
In this review article I detail the main underpinnings for the radical analysis of necropolitics as proposed by Marina Grzinic and Sefik Tatlic in a new theoretico-territorial-temporal framework. The aim is to situate the dyad bio/necro in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) after the fall of the Iron Curtain, post-9/11 and post-2008. The text is meant to supplement the book’s zeal to both introduce and revisit the notion of necropolitics in political theoretization of the ‘Second World’ by criticizing and expanding some of the arguments and thesis espoused. In order to reveal the importance of their work I shrink its workings to four interrelated pillars: a notion of historicization, racialization, necropolitics, necropolitics and/as racialization. Through these we can see how a revisited and re-territorialized notion of necropolitics can retroactively serve analytical purposes in thinking about CEE since the rise of neoliberalism and shock-doctrine models, where CEE is itself revealed as a prototype of necropolitics.
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