International Relations and States of Exception: Margins, by Shampa Biswas (ed.), Sheila Nair (ed.)

By Shampa Biswas (ed.), Sheila Nair (ed.)

Concentrating on the margins and peripheries of worldwide politics, this name addresses matters inside diplomacy together with migration, sovereignty, nation safety, battle on terror, globalization, political economic climate, race and ethnicity, hard work, area, tradition and identification. it really is of curiosity to scholars of diplomacy, and philosophy.

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S. serves as the universal sovereign state that is “exceptional, not simply in the sense that it has preponderant power resources but more importantly because it includes itself in the global normative order by excluding itself from its norms” (Huysmans 2006: 147). It is the “contemporary forms of subjugation of life to the power of death” that Mbembe calls necropolitics/necropower, and in the contemporary world, they function by creating what he calls “death-worlds,” “new and unique forms of social 30 Shampa Biswas and Sheila Nair existence in which vast populations are subjected to conditions of life –conferring upon them the status of living dead” (Mbembe 2003: 39–40, his italics).

M. The city had become increasingly tense in recent months and in the space of the first ten minutes we were stopped at three checkpoints before being waved through, following passport and ID (identification) checks. At the fourth checkpoint, the driver—I’ll call him Uncivil zones 37 Sarath—was worried that I could miss my flight. He tried to speed things up by repeatedly saying the word, “foreigners,” as the soldiers reached into the car. A soldier peered more closely, then asked for ID. But before waving us through, he castigated Sarath for using the term “foreigner” to describe me.

The three-wheeler driver moves through a cityscape constituted by multiple investments and sovereignties. In its starkest form, the perverted and precarious authority of the state is asserted through the technology of the checkpoint in its various guises, from the identity cards demanded at every turn to the hefty barricades that are erected along most thoroughfares (Jeganathan 2002; Hyndman and de Alwis 2004). These are supplemented by nearinvisible forms of surveillance and the targeting of bodies rendered suspect by numerous variables—gender, dress, speech, age, gait, mode of transport—as well as by ethnicity.

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