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Environmental Studies faculty publishes new book

biopowerNicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, has recently published Biopower: Foucault and Beyond, a new book co-edited with Vernon W. Cisney. The concept of “biopower” was developed by Michel Foucault, and has become a highly fertile concept in recent theory. In Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, the term is used to describe “a power bent on generating forces, making them grow, and ordering them, rather than one dedicated to impeding them, making them submit, or destroying them.” According to the publisher, Morar and Cisney’s new volume brings together “leading contemporary scholars to explore the many theoretical possibilities that the concept of biopower has enabled in debates ranging from health-care rights to immigration laws, HIV prevention discourse, genomics medicine, and many other topics.


Biopower is a remarkable book. Although it contains essays written by the most important and well-known commentators on Foucault, it is really more than a study of Foucault’s concept of biopower. The majority of the essays expands, extends, and transforms the concept of biopower. Like all of the essays in the volume, the introduction written by Morar and Cisney is excellent. They are to be congratulated not only for organizing such an impressive volume, but guiding us through it with their analysis. This will be the definitive volume on biopower for decades to come.” (Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University)


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