Description: Michel Foucault’s notion of “biopower” has been a highly fertile concept in recent theory, influencing thinkers worldwide across a variety of disciplines and concerns. In The History of Sexuality, Foucault famously employed the term 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.” With this volume, Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar bring 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.
Endorsement: "Biopower: Foucault and Beyond is a remarkable book. Although Biopower: Foucault and Beyond 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 bio-power. The majority of the essays expands, extends, and transforms the concept of bio-power. Like all of the essays in the volume, the Introduction to the volume written by Morar and Cisney is excellent. They are to be congratulated not only for organizing such an impressive volume. Biopower: Foucault and Beyond will be the definitive volume on biopower for decades to come." (Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University)